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December Decisions Released by FCC

On December 30, 2019, the FCC issued a Public Notice resolving a number of requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration related to actions by USAC.


The FCC resolves requests that are consistent with its precedent by issuing a “streamlined” list of decisions and classifying the matters based on the issue involved and the FCC rule in question.


Appeals involving the following issues were granted:

  • Incorrect Service Start Date on FCC Form 486
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors – FRN Omitted from FCC Form 471 Application
  • Signed Contract Requirement
  • Responsible Party for Recovery of Improperly Disbursed Funds
  • Waiver of Late-filed Waiver Request


Appeals involving the following issues were denied: 

  • Failure to File FCC Form 470 for Correct Funding Year
  • Failure to Post RFP for 28 Days in Violation of the Competitive Bidding Rule
  • FCC Form 486 – Late-Filed
  • Improper Service Provider Involvement – Service Provider Involvement in Technology Plan
  • Intentional Cancellation of Funding
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • 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 


Appeals involving the following issues were dismissed:

  • Failure to Comply with the Commission’s Basic Filing Requirements
  • Failure to Identify Material Error, Omission, or Reason Warranting Reconsideration
  • Untimely Filed Petition for Reconsideration


The December appeal decisions can be viewed here


The original filings can be located using the FCC’s online electronic filing system


The deadline for filing petitions for reconsideration or applications for review concerning the December decisions is 30 days from the release of the Public Notice.

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