If You Missed the Form 471 Deadline…..

March 26, 2021

Attached: Form 471 Deadline Waiver Letter – FY 2021 (1)

Attached: FCC Waiver Request Filing Instructions (1)

If you were not able to file your Form 471 application by the March 25, 2021 deadline, you should submit the form 471 on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021.  Then submit a Request for Deadline Waiver to the FCC, seeking to have your application be considered as timely filed.  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).

Please follow these exact steps, in this exact order:

  1. Submit the Form 471 in EPC on or before Thursday, April 8, 2021.  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 8, but be sure to submit it as soon as you can after the 471 is filed.  The FCC releases appeal decisions in bulk on the last day of each month.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
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