If You Missed the Form 471 Deadline…

March 28, 2019

Attached: Form 471 Deadline Waiver Letter – FY 2019

Attached: FCC Waiver Request Filing Instructions

Although I hesitate to provide this information because I can’t guarantee the results, and I don’t want anyone relying on it for future years, I know several PA applicants that had to file after the March 27 deadline.  If you are in this situation, you must submit your Form 471 on or before Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – BUT ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN THIS DATE – and then submit a Request for Deadline Waiver to the FCC, seeking to have your application be considered as timely filed.  In the last 8 years, the FCC has granted such requests, but there is no requirement that they do so.  Please know that if, and when, the FCC grants your Waiver Request, your Form 471 application will THEN go into PIA review (likely at the end of the review queue).

With these caveats in mind, please follow these exact steps, in this exact order:

  1. Submit the Form 471 in EPC on or before Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  The status will be ‘Filed Outside of Window.’
  2. Download the attached “Form 471 Deadline Waiver Letter” and complete the highlighted areas with your specific information.  Please include a nice statement to the FCC about what this funding means to your school or library.
  3. Print on school or library letterhead.  Sign.  Save as .pdf document.
  4. Go to:  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings and follow the instructions on the attached “FCC Waiver Request Filing Instructions” document.  Be sure to hit ‘Submit’ on the second page of the online form.

Note: The FCC Waiver Letter does NOT need to be submitted by April 10.  But don’t wait too long.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
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