On May 31, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released decisions related to requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration of E-rate beneficiaries. The FCC directs USAC to complete its review of successful applications and issue a funding commitment or denial based on a complete review and analysis no later than 90 calendar days from the release of the Order.
Appeals involving the following issues were granted:
  • Appeal Timely Filed
  • Discount Calculation
  • Granting Additional Time to Respond to USAC's Request for Information
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications Filed within 14 Days of the Close of the Window
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • No Service Provider Involvement in Competitive Bidding Process
  • Waiver of Appeal- or Waiver-Filing Deadline
  • Waiver of Special Construction Service Delivery Deadline
Appeals involving the following issues were denied:
  • Discount Calculation
  • Failure to Conduct Competitive Bidding Process and Make Price Primary Factor
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • FCC Form 486 – Late-Filed
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • Relying on FCC Form 470 That Did Not Seek Bids on Types of E-Rate Services Later Requested
  • Untimely Filed Appeals or Waiver Requests
The May 2019 Appeal Decisions can be viewed here.