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Late-Filed ECF Applications to be Processed During Second Window

On September 21, 2021, the FCC released a public notice directing Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to review and process Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Form 471s that were filed after the close of the initial ECF filing window as part of those filed in the second application filing window.

In their notice, the FCC noted that, “…Applicants that certified and submitted their ECF FCC Forms 471 after the close of the initial application filing window on August 13, 2021, will not be required to resubmit their applications during the second application filing window, nor will they need to file a request for waiver of the initial 45-day application filing deadline with the Commission…”

Additionally, the FCC indicated that, they do not expect to grant waivers of the Program’s second application filing deadline of October 13, 2021, absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances.

The FCC public notice can be viewed here.

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