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Monday, January 29, 2007

It's January, do you know where your 486 is?

So the new "hey, dummy, you forgot to file a 486" notices have started coming out. I like them. Here are some reasons:
  1. Pink envelopes. Love the color-coding.
  2. Across the top of the page: "Urgent reminder: Your Form 486 may be late." Yes! The old SLD would have said something like "Form 486 Non-Timeliness Notification" or something. This page grabs you and tells you exactly what's up. OK, it should be in a larger font and not in all caps, but it's still progress.
  3. Two pages. That's downright pithy for an SLD document. It should be one page, but again, it's progress.
  4. The SLD implemented the FCC order just the way I expected. I'm always amazed at how differently the SLD looks at the FCC's orders. But in this case, this letter is just what I thought the FCC had in mind.

It's also pretty well written, though it gets a little mushy in the 3rd paragraph, which should be the hammer. It says "USAC may reduce your commitment...if your SSD is adjusted." It should say: "Get this form in by 2/15/07, or half your funding is gone, poof!"

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