FCC Extends Procedural Deadlines

April 1, 2020

Today the FCC provided additional relief to applicants and service providers by extending several upcoming procedural E-rate deadlines due to the pandemic.  However, they did NOT extend the April 29, 2020 deadline to file the Form 471.  Please let me know if you will be unable to file by this deadline and I’ll do everything I can to help get your application filed.

Relief granted:

  • PIA Inquiries:  In addition to the 14-day extension the FCC previously granted, applicants will have an additional 30-days to respond to PIA requests.  (I don’t believe the EPC system will update the due-dates due to system limitations.  Also, please keep in mind that the sooner you respond to these requests, the sooner you’ll receive your funding commitment decision letter (FCDL)).
  • Equipment Installation:  Deadline to purchase/install all FY 2019 non-recurring services (equipment) is extended from September 30, 2020 to September 30, 2021.  By extension, this will automatically make the invoice deadline for all FY 2019 non-recurring FRNs January 28, 2022.
  • Special Construction: Deadline to complete special construction of FY 2019 Category 1 fiber networks is extended from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  In addition, any FY 2018 applicants that had already requested/received a one-year extension also will be granted the additional year to complete the special construction.
  • Appeals/Waivers: Deadline to submit appeals to USAC or the FCC is extended from 60 days to 120 days for all USAC decisions dated January 11, 2020 – August 1, 2020.
  • Reimbursement Forms to USAC:  Deadline is extended an additional 120 days for any Form 472 BEAR Reimbursement Form (or vendor SPI) with a current deadline that falls between March 11, 2020 – October 28, 2020.   This applies even if you already received an invoice extension for the FRN in question.
  • Form 486:  Deadline is extended an additional 120 days for FY 2019 Form 486s that would have been due between March 11, 2020 – September 30, 2020.
  • Information Requests for Audits, Form 500’s, Appeals, and Invoices:  Applicants will have an additional 30 days to respond to USAC information requests for BCAP Audits, PQA Audits, Form 500s, Appeals and Invoice Reviews.

In addition, I think the biggest news stemming from today’s Order is actually in the press release, which provided this quote from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai:

“In light of extended school and library closures, we’re granting an across-the-board, one-year extension of the E-Rate special construction deadline for funding year 2019,” said Chairman Ajit Pai.  “By providing this proactive relief, we want to ease burdens on schools and libraries to allow them to focus their time and resources on transitioning their students, patrons, teachers, and staff to remote learning during this crisis.  This is yet another step the FCC is taking to offer help to students and teachers in need—and I look forward to continue working with Congress to fund a Remote Learning Initiative so that every child can continue being educated during the pandemic.”

Please let me know if you have any questions or how I can help.

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
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