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Tennessee Consortium Wins E-Rate Appeals Involving Complex Interpretations of the “Most Cost-Effective” and “Legally Binding Agreement” Rules

Posted in USAC

In an Order released December 30, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted appeals of a 2015 USAC decision that denied E-rate funding to the Sweetwater consortium of Tennessee school districts for funding years 2013-2015, where USAC found that Sweetwater violated the E-rate program’s “most cost-effective bid” and “legally binding agreement” requirements (47 CFR §§… Continue Reading

E-rate Application Deadline Extended Again

Posted in USAC

Mel Blackwell, USAC’s Vice President of the E-rate Program, issued a news brief on Friday announcing that, as a result of “unexpected complications with the implementation of USAC’s new IT system,” USAC is extending the deadline for all applicants to submit their Description of Services Ordered and Certification Form (FCC Form 471) from Friday, April… Continue Reading

USAC Creates “VP of Stakeholder Engagement” Position

Posted in USAC

USAC has created a new position, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, and has selected Kate Hays to serve as the first person in that role. Prior to joining USAC, Ms. Hays served as COO and Senior Digital Strategist at Oglivy Washington, a public relations and marketing company which specializes in healthcare and technology industries and… Continue Reading

E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Posted in USAC

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015).  FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The extension is in response to consensus among applicants that more time is needed to complete Form 471. … Continue Reading

FCC Decision Confirms Cost “Primary Factor” Rule and Underscores Recent Emphasis on Cost Rules

Posted in FCC, USAC

Last week, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying a request for waiver and review of an E-rate program decision made by USAC, which determined that a Texas school district violated the FCC’s competitive bidding rules by failing to use price as the primary factor in its vendor selection process. FCC rules require… Continue Reading

E-Rate Reform Proposals Discussed in DWT Presentations

Posted in General, USAC

On October 10, 2013, DWT’s Jim Smith gave a presentation on the status of the FCC’s E-Rate reform rulemaking to the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications alliance (ITTA). On November 14, 2013, he moderated a Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) continuing legal education “Progress Report on USF Reform” panel on E-rate and other ongoing FCC universal… Continue Reading