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March Appeal Decisions Released by FCC

On March 31, 2021, the FCC issued its monthly 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:

  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications – Due to Circumstances Beyond Applicants’ Control
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 486
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • Waiver of the Competitive Bidding 28-Day Rule

Appeals involving the following issues were denied:

  • Impermissible Increase in Cost for Services (Denied in Part)
  • SPIN Change Increase in Cost for Services (Denied in Part)
  • Failure to Satisfy Debt/Red Light Rule
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • Ministerial and/or Clerical Errors
  • Necessary Resources
  • Relying on FCC Form 470 That Did Not Seek Bids on Types of E-rate Services Requested
  • Untimely Filed Appeals or Waiver Requests

The March appeal decisions can be viewed here.

The original filings can be located using the FCC’s online electronic filing system, available here:

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

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