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12/17/07 Troup County School System, LaGrange, Georgia: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants Troup County’s Motion to Dismiss Appeal and, accordingly, dismisses Troup County’s Request for Review. Released on December 17, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-5021) DA 07-5021
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12/12/07 Advanced Education Services, et al.: In this Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) granted 13 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying requests for funding under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program. TAPD directed USAC to complete its review of the applications and issue decisions based on a complete review and analysis no later than 90 calendar days from release of this Order. Released on December 12, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-4973) DA 07-4973
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10/30/07 Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc., et al.: In this Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division granted 13 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying funding from the E-rate program, on the grounds that Petitioners sought cancellation of their funding requests. Released on October 30, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-4471) DA 07-4471
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10/19/07 Public Notice: Funding Year 2008 Eligible Services List: On October 19, 2007, the Commission released the Funding Year 2008 Eligible Services List (ESL) for the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism pursuant to section 54.522 of the Commission’s rules. CC Docket No. 02-6. FCC 07-182
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8/29/07 USF Program Management Order: In this order, the Commission: (1) strengthens oversight of the USF contributions process by requiring timely filing of Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q) and timely payment of USF contributions; (2) increases penalties that apply when contributors fail to file the FCC Form 499-A and 499-Q and make USF contributions on time; (3) adopts document retention requirements and administrative limitation periods for the high-cost, low income, and rural health care universal service programs; (4) adopts rules for recovery of improperly disbursed funds for the high-cost, low income, and rural health care universal service programs; (5) revises our debarment rules to include parties who are convicted of criminal violations or held civilly liable for acts arising out of the high-cost, low-income, and rural health care universal service programs; and (6) adopts performance measures for the universal service programs and for USAC. FCC-07-150
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8/16/07 Public Notice: Extension of Katrina Relief Order: In the Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for a further waiver to extend relief provided in the Katrina Relief Order under the E-rate program for schools and libraries in Louisiana and Mississippi for Funding Year 2007. Comments are due on August 30, 2007 and reply comments are due on September 13, 2007. Released on August 16, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. DA 07-3639
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7/27/07 Public Notice: The Commission today sought comment on USAC’s proposed schools and libraries program eligible services list (ESL) for Funding Year 2008. The changes that are being proposed for the Funding Year 2008 ESL include (1) treating Centrex service as basic telephone service for purposes of the schools and libraries program with the intention of eliminating the requirement that applicants file a technology plan for Centrex service; (2) clarifying that the basic conduit access to the Internet for the purpose of accessing distance learning and video conferencing is eligible for funding in the Internet access category but distance learning and video conferencing tools are not eligible for funding; and (3) clarifying that program participants are not required to provide cost allocation for calendaring functions ancillary to E-mail service. Comments are due Aug. 10, 2007 and reply comments are due Aug. 17, 2007. Released on July 27, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. FCC 07-130
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7/11/07 Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of revised FCC Forms 472, 473, 474, 479, 486 and 500. The revised forms are posted on the web site of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at www.usac.org. Released on July 11, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. DA 07-3105
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6/20/07 Long Beach Unified School District: In this Order, the Bureau finds that Long Beach Unified School District (Long Beach) complied with the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements in place at the time of its application. Specifically, the order finds that USAC improperly denied Long Beach’s funding request because it erroneously required Long Beach to give more weight to price in the competitive bidding process than to any other factor. Released on June 20, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. DA 07-2695
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6/20/07 Hickory Public Schools: In this Order, the Bureau grants Hickory Public School’s Request for Review. Hickory Public Schools was unable to complete installation by the Commission’s deadline because neither Hickory Public Schools nor its service providers were made aware that Hickory Public School’s requests for funding were fulfilled. Since the Commission's rules expressly permit applicants to receive extensions of the implementation of non-recurring services deadline in cases where the “service provider is unable to complete implementation for reasons beyond the service provider's control,” we grant Hickory Public School’s appeal and remand it to USAC for appropriate action consistent with this Order. Released on June 20, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-2694) DA 07-2694
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6/11/07 Public Notice: Pursuant to section 54.709(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules, on May 2, 2007, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) submitted projections of demand and administrative expenses for the Federal Universal Service Fund for the Third Quarter of 2007. According to USAC’s projections, $650 million in unused funds from Funding Years 2001 through 2004 is available to carry forward to increase disbursements to schools and libraries via the schools and libraries universal service mechanism. Section 54.507(a)(2) of the Commission’s rules states, in pertinent part, that "all funds that are collected and that are unused from prior years shall be available for use in the next full funding year of the schools and libraries mechanism in accordance with the public interest and notwithstanding the annual cap." Released on June 11, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-2470) DA 07-2470
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5/18/07 Brewster Academy: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants 27 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC denied funding on the grounds that the requests for telecommunications service were from service providers that do not provide telecommunications on a common carrier basis and therefore were not eligible for direct reimbursement from the E-Rate program. Because the Petitioners may have used incorrect Service Provider Information Numbers (SPINs), the order grants the Petitioners the opportunity to correct the SPINs. Released on May 18, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-2111) DA 07-2111
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5/18/07 Public Notice: Comment Sought on the State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance Petition for Reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau's Order Granting AT&T's Petition for Clarification of Section 54.514(a) of the Commission's Rules. Comment Date: 6/1/07. Reply Comment Date: 6/15/07. Released on May 18, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-2110) DA 07-2110
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5/8/07 Macomb Intermediate School District Technology Consortium: In this Order, the Commission grants in part and denies in part Macomb Intermediate School District Technology Consortium’s (Macomb ISD) Request for Review. Macomb ISD requested the same type of Internet access (T-3 lines) from three separate service providers. The order finds that Macomb ISD violated the Commission’s competitive bidding rules by not selecting the bids that were the most cost-effective. We find, however, that Macomb ISD is entitled to E-rate program funding for the T-3 lines in an amount associated with the least expensive of the services, consistent with the Commission’s rules on competitive bidding. Released on May 8, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-64) FCC 07-64
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5/8/07 Aberdeen School District: In this Order, the Bureau grants 62 appeals and denies one pertaining to applicants that were denied E-rate program funding on the grounds that they did not wait 28 days after their FCC Form 470s were posted on the USAC website before entering into an agreement with a service provider or submitting their FCC Form 471s for the requested services. Released on May 8, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-63) FCC 07-63
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5/8/07 Bootheel Consortium, et al.: In this Order, the Commission grants 17 Requests for Review of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because more than 30 percent of the funding requests were for entities ineligible for E-Rate support. The Commission finds that 11 petitioners have provided sufficient evidence that the entities for which they sought discounted services were eligible for support and that four petitioners have provided sufficient evidence justifying further review by USAC. For the remaining two petitioners, the Commission holds that the Commission’s 30 percent rule is not applicable to the petitioners’ applications. Released on May 8, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-62) FCC 07-62
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5/8/07 Aiken County Public Schools: In this Order, the Commission grants 59 appeals of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because applicants violated section 54.504(d) of the Commission’s rules, which requires USAC to deny a request for E-rate support if 30 percent or more of a request for discounts is for ineligible services. The Commission finds that 23 petitioners provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that at least 70 percent of the requested services are eligible for support. For the remaining 36 petitioners, the Commission finds that good cause exists to justify, on our own motion, waivers of section 54.504(d). Released on May 8, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-61) FCC 07-61
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5/8/07 Academy of Excellence, et al.: In this Order, the Commission grants 56 Requests for Review of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because the applicants failed to demonstrate access to the resources required to effectively use the requested eligible services or to pay their non-discounted share for the services. In this order, the Commission finds that the petitioners either provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate they had the resources to make effective use of the requested eligible services or they should have an additional opportunity to provide the documentation to USAC.  Accordingly, the Commission grants the appeals and remands the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with the Order. Released on May 8, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-60) FCC 07-60
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4/25/07 State E-rate Coordinators Alliance: The Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition by the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance for Clarification and/or Waiver of E-rate Rules Concerning Technology Plan Creation and Approval under the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism. Comment Date: 5/10/07. Reply Comment Date: 5/25/07. Released on April 25, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1846) DA 07-1846
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4/17/07 Virginia State Department of Education: In this Order, we grant and remand a Petition for Reconsideration (Petition) filed by the Virginia State Department of Education (Virginia DOE), Richmond, Virginia, asking the Wireline Competition Bureau to reconsider its order denying Virginia DOE’s Request for Review of a decision issued by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). To ensure that Virginia DOE’s underlying application is resolved expeditiously, we direct USAC to initiate contact with both Virginia DOE and Autotote Communications (Autotote), its service provider, as described in this Order, and issue a decision based on a complete review and analysis no later than 90 calendar days from the release of this Order. Released on April 17, 2007. CC Docket No. 96-45 and CC Docket No. 97-21. (DA 07-1666) DA 07-1666
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3/28/07 Brownsville Independent School District, et al.: In this Order, the Commission grants 32 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company reducing or denying funding under the E-rate program on the grounds that Petitioners' funding requests were not supported by an approved technology plan. Released on March 28, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-37) FCC 07-37
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3/28/07 Alpaugh Unified School District, et al.: In this Order, the Commission grants 78 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reducing or denying funding from the E-rate program on the grounds that applicants failed to respond to USAC’s requests for information within the USAC-specified time frame. Released on March 28, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-36) FCC 07-36
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3/28/07 Adams County School District 14, et al.: In this Order, the Commission grants 72 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company reducing or denying funding on the grounds that the applicant did not have a legally binding agreement in place when it filed its FCC Form 471, that the applicant’s existing contract expired before the end of the funding year, or that the execution date of the contract did not accompany the signature lines of both the applicant and the service provider. Released on March 28, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (FCC 07-35) FCC 07-35
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3/23/07 Approach Learning and Assessment Center: This order addresses 14 appeals of USAC decisions denying funding on the ground that the Petitioners violated the Commission's competitive bidding requirements. The Order denies one appeal because the record shows that the Petitioner’s competitive bidding process violated program rules, but grants and remands the remaining appeals to USAC for further action. Released on March 23, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1332) DA 07-1332
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3/19/07 Sprint Corporation: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau denies the Petition for Waiver filed by Sprint Corporation (Sprint) seeking a waiver of the Commission’s rule requiring that private branch exchange and key systems be treated as “Priority Two” services under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. Sprint asks that the Commission treat such services as “Priority One” services for the duration of those contracts that were signed prior to December 1, 2003, because the Universal Service Administrative Company had treated these services as Priority One services prior to this date. Released on March 19, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1354) DA 07-1354
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3/13/07 AT&T Corp.: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grant the petition of AT&T Corp. (AT&T) for clarification or, in the alternative, waiver of section 54.514(a) of the Commission’s rules, which states that service providers must allow the billed entity to choose the method of payment for the discounted services. Specifically, AT&T requests the Commission to clarify that AT&T’s on-line reimbursement process complies with section 54.514(a) of the Commission’s rules or, in the alternative, waive this rule as it applies to AT&T’s reimbursement process. As explained below, we find that AT&T’s on-line reimbursement process complies with the Commission’s rules. Released on March 13, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1272) DA 07-1272
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3/13/07 Send Technologies, L.L.C.: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has under consideration two Requests for Review filed by Send Technologies L.L.C. (Send Technologies) relating to services provided by Send Technologies to Union Parish School Board, Farmerville, Louisiana (Union Parish). Send Technologies seeks review of decisions by USAC denying Send Technologies’ appeal of commitment adjustment recovery actions. Consistent with precedent, we deny the Requests for Review and direct USAC to continue the commitment adjustment recovery actions regarding this matter. To the extent that Send Technologies requests a waiver of the Commission’s rules, we deny that request as well. Released on March 13, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1270) DA 07-1270
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3/13/07 Cass Lake-Bena Schools, ISD No. 115: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny four appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reducing or denying funding from the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism (also known as the E-rate program) for Funding Year 2001 on the grounds that they failed to timely submit an FCC Form 486. Under the E-rate program, eligible schools, libraries, and consortia that include eligible schools and libraries may apply for discounts for eligible telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections. After an applicant for discounted services under the E-rate program has entered into agreements for eligible services with one or more service providers, it must file an FCC Form 471 with USAC. The FCC Form 471 notifies USAC of the services that have been ordered and supplies an estimate of funds requested for eligible services. USAC then issues a funding commitment decision letter indicating the funding, if any, for which the applicant is approved to receive. After the funding year begins and the applicant begins receiving services at the discounted rate, the applicant submits an FCC Form 486 to USAC. The FCC Form 486 indicates that the service has begun, specifies the service start date and demonstrates that the applicant has received approval of its technology plans. The timely submission of FCC Form 486 ensures that disbursements for discounts on eligible services occur in a prompt and efficient manner. Released on March 13, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1238) DA 07-1238
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3/13/07 Long Beach Unified School District: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) address three appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying requests for funding under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. The decisions at issue involve the denial of funding on the ground that the underlying applications violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. As discussed below, we find that the Petitioners complied with the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements in place at the time of their applications. We therefore grant the appeals and remand the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with this Order. To ensure that the underlying applications are resolved expeditiously, we direct USAC to complete its review of the applications and issue a decision based on a complete review and analysis no later than 90 days from release of this Order. Released on March 13, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1236) DA 07-1236
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3/9/07 California Youth Authority, et al.: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) granted requests by California Youth Authority, Florence County School District 3, Lee County School District, and Moreno Valley Unified School District (collectively, Applicants) for an extension of the deadline for implementing non-recurring services under the E-rate program. The Bureau extended, until September 30, 2008, the deadline for Applicants to complete installation of non-recurring services for the funding years at issue in their Extension Requests. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1187) DA 07-1187
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3/9/07 Otsego Local School District: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) denied a Request for Waiver filed by the Otsego Local School District seeking a waiver of the designation of its district as “urban” under section 54.505(b)(3) of the Commission’s rules by USAC for purposes of calculating its discount level under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1185) DA 07-1185
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3/9/07 Kress Independent School District: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) dismissed as moot a Request for Review filed by Kress Independent School District Kress, seeking a service provider identification number (SPIN) change and a service substitution. Upon review of the record, the Bureau found that USAC had previously approved Kress’s request. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1184) DA 07-1184
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3/9/07 Tri-River Educational Computer Association: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) granted a request for review filed by the Tri-River Educational Computer Association (TRECA) of a decision by USAC that denied TRECA funding from the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism because USAC determined that TRECA failed to provide evidence of its authority to represent its consortium members. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1182) DA 07-1182
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3/9/07 Academy for Academic Excellence: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants Requests for Waiver filed by 44 applicants seeking waiver of the FCC Form 471 filing window deadline for Funding Years 2004, 2005, 2006, or 2007 under the schools and libraries support mechanism. The Bureau remands the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with the Bishop Perry Order. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1180) DA 07-1180
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3/9/07 Kentucky Department of Education: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants the petition of the Kentucky Department of Education (Kentucky) seeking a waiver of section 54.504(c) of the Commission’s rules to enable Kentucky schools to use state master contracts to apply for universal service support under the schools and libraries support mechanism for Funding Year 2005 and future funding years. Released on March 9, 2007. CC Docket No. 02-6. (DA 07-1177) DA 07-1177
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