File an Appeal or Waiver with the FCC

Parties that are seeking a waiver of FCC rules or that have filed an appeal with USAC and received a decision may, if they choose, appeal USAC’s decision to the FCC. You must submit your appeal to the FCC within 30 days of the date when USAC issued the decision. Note: This is a shorter timeframe than the 60 days for submitting appeals and requests for waiver in the E-rate program.

On all communications with the FCC, be sure to reference the appropriate Docket Number (No.):

  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Program: WC Docket No. 21-93

Filing requirements may be found in Section 54.1718(c) of the FCC’s rules.

The FCC recommends filing appeals or waivers with the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) to ensure timely filing. You can find instructions for using ECFS on the ECFS Online Manual page of the FCC’s website. The FCC will consider electronic appeals as filed on a business day if they are received before 11:59 p.m. ET. If you have questions or comments about using the ECFS, please contact the FCC directly at (202) 418-0193 or via email.

For more information about submitting appeals or waivers to the FCC, including options to submit the appeal via U.S. mail or hand delivery, visit the FCC’s website. See Section 54.1718 of the FCC’s rules for further information regarding filing an appeal.