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Friday, May 11, 2012

Justice delayed

Here's a new one: the FCC granted an appeal that does not result in funding approval, but sets the record straight on the reason for denial.  Seems that a school district was denied because they didn't wait 28 days during their "mini-bid" to select from among multiple award recipients.  The FCC pointed out that you don't have to wait 28 days to run such a mini-bid (in fact, you don't even have to post a Form 470).  OK, but I noticed that the FRNs in question were for Priority Two services at an 80% discount level, and the denial threshold never gets down that low absent a capricious FCC rollover.

So I checked out the appeal.  The applicant knew it wasn't going to get funding, but "respectfully requests USAC update its records to reflect the correct reason for denial of these funding commitments to that of 'demand exceeded available support.'"

I like it: keep your funding, but set the record straight.  The warm feeling of a moral victory probably is somewhat cooled by the fact that the victory was 3 years coming.

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