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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pumping irony

And we have a new record: 3,912 days to decide on a request for a deadline waiver.  Faithful readers will know I revel in the irony of the FCC taking years to deny appeals because they were filed a few days late.  This case is a little different, because the FCC actually granted the waiver.  The appeal decision gives a nice synopsis of the case, so it's worth a read, but here's the timeline:
  • February 4, 1998: ICN (Iowa Communications Network) petitions FCC to be a common carrier
  • February 18, 1999: FCC releases ICN Declatory Order, denying ICN petition
  • February 19, 1999: USAC starts denying all Telecommunications Service FRNs involving ICN
  • February 26, 1999: applicants start appealing denials
  • ?1999: Iowa sues in District Court to get the ICN Declaratory Order overturned
  • June 27, 2000: District court remands ICN Declatory Order
  • December 2000: FCC reverses ICN Declaratory Order
  • November 28, 2001: USAC denies most of the appeals because they were filed more than 30 days after denial
  • December 6, 2001: Iowa appeals denials to FCC, requests appeal deadline waiver
  • August 21, 2012:  FCC grants appeal

Well, at least it was granted.

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