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FCC Grants ECF Invoice Deadline Waiver

On December 2, 2021, the FCC issued an Order granting a petition for an expedited waiver of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program’s invoice filing deadline submitted by the State E-rate Coordinators’ Alliance (SECA) on November 20, 2021. In the Order, the Commission waived sections 54.1711(d) and (e) of its rules to provide relief to applicants that:

  • Applied for ECF funding during the first or second application filing windows
  • Incorrectly used June 30, 2022 as the service delivery date on their ECF FCC Form 471 applications for equipment and/or other non-recurring services, rather than the actual service delivery date
  • Received a funding commitment decision letter (FCDL) or revised funding commitment decision letter (RFCDL) noting August 29, 2022 as the invoice filing deadline based on the incorrect service delivery date

In addition, the FCC extended ECF Invoice Deadline to service providers, stating that, “…We also extend this relief to service providers that agreed to file requests for reimbursement on behalf of these applicants. Going forward, to avoid confusion and for administrative ease, we clarify that the service delivery date for all requests for equipment, other non-recurring services, and recurring services submitted in any filing window covering funding for purchases made between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 is June 30, 2022…”

The Order can be viewed here

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