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April Appeal Decisions Released by FCC

On April 30, 2020, the FCC issued a Public Notice deciding a number of requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration related to actions taken 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:  
  • Granting Additional Time to Respond to USAC's Request for Information
  • Improper Service Provider Involvement – Potential Conflict of Interest
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • Waiver of Late-filed Appeal and/or Waiver Request
Appeals involving the following issues were denied:
  • FCC Form 486 – Late-Filed
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications
  • Ineligible Entities
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Error – FCC Form 471
  • Relying on FCC Form 470 That Did Not Seek Bids on Types of E-Rate Services Later Requested
  • Untimely Filed Appeals or Waiver Requests
  • Violation of Competitive Bidding 28-Day Rule
Appeals involving the following issues were dismissed:
  • Failure to Comply with the Commission’s Basic Filing Requirements
  • Failure to Identify Any Material Error, Omission, or Reason Warranting Reconsideration
  • Relying on Arguments Already Fully Considered and Rejected by the Bureau
  • Petitions Filed More Than 30 Days After the Bureau’s Decision
The April 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 April decisions is 30 days from the release of the Public Notice.
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