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E-rate Bidding Restrictions Supported by Department of Justice

On August 16, 2022, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division filed an ex parte letter with the Federal Communications Commission expressing support for the E-rate competitive bidding changes suggested in the Commission’s December 2021 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

In addition to supporting the requirement that bids be submitted via a USAC-managed central bidding portal, the Division supports a requirement that service providers “submit a draft Form 471…as a part of their bid package” and proposes that a policy of limited service provider communication with applicants during the bidding process be extended to consultants.  The Division also supports a requirement that bids be submitted “in parallel” to the bid portal if the decision is made to use the portal as a bid repository rather than the primary means of bid submission to applicants.

The Division’s letter may be viewed here.

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