Tag Archives: competitive bidding

FCC Votes on Possible Changes to the Rural Health Care Program

At its last open meeting in 2017, the five FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Order regarding the Commission’s Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, a 20-year old initiative aimed at improving rural health care provider access to first telecommunications services and later an array of communications services, including … Continue Reading

As E-rate Reform Approaches, Chairman Wheeler Unveils His Proposed Revisions

After a year of broad pronouncements about the need for reforming the E-rate program, the FCC is poised to adopt new E-rate rules at its open meeting in July.  Concurrent with his circulation of the E-rate item to his fellow Commissioners, FCC Chairman Wheeler issued a blog post and accompanying fact sheet describing his reform … Continue Reading

FCC Denies Another E-Rate Appeal for Failure to Comply with Competitive Bidding Procedures

With the e-rate program pressing against its cap in funding, the FCC seems to be clamping down on its competitive bidding procedures.  For the fifth time this month, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau denied a school’s e-rate appeal because it failed to comply with the competitive bidding procedures. In this case, the applicant, Fall River … Continue Reading

FCC Denies E-rate Appeal for Improper Service Provider Conduct in Competitive Bid

Shortly after I posted an entry noting the FCC’s denial of e-rate appeals for competitive bidding violations, the Wireline Competition Bureau issued another decision along the same lines.  In this case, however, the focus was on the conduct of the service provider during the bidding process.  This case involves a Missouri service provider, Synergetics Diversified … Continue Reading

Three E-rate Appeals Denied for Failures in Competitive Bidding

Earlier this month, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau denied three appeals by school districts seeking funding under the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.  In all three decisions, the Bureau found that the school had failed to follow the Commission’s competitive bidding rules for such requests, and therefore, the USAC had properly denied … Continue Reading
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