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Any decision made by USAC or Rural Health Care (RHC) regarding eligibility, funding, or payment recovery, can be appealed by the impacted party. The appeal may be made to USAC/RHC, or to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). USAC encourages parties to appeal first to USAC.
The following information must be included in a letter of appeal. If USAC is unable to process the appeal because of missing documentation, the appeal will be denied for lack of information.
All appellants will receive acknowledgment of the appeal upon receipt. USAC will review all complete appeals and respond with its decision in writing.
For questions about what is required to be submitted with an appeal, contact the appeals team.
USAC must receive a complete appeal (see “What to Include in an Appeal” above) within 60 days of the issuance of the decision by USAC; e.g., a FCL must be appealed within 60 days of the date of the FCL. To allow sufficient time for review, USAC encourages applicants to submit appeals as soon as possible following USAC’s decision.
Failure to provide all required documentation within 60 days of USAC’s decision will result in dismissal of the appeal. See 47 C.F.R. Section 54.719-54.725 for the FCC’s rules on filing an appeal.
Letters of appeal may be sent by email or regular U.S. mail.
Appeals submitted by email will be considered filed on a business day if they are received at any time before 12:00 AM ET.
Rural Health Care
Appeals to the FCC must be made within 60 days of the issuance of USAC’s decision. If appealing a USAC appeal decision, appeals to the FCC must be made within 60 days of the date USAC issued its decision in response to the original appeal.
The FCC recommends filing appeals with the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) to ensure timely filing. Instructions for using ECFS can be found on the ECFS page of the FCC website and in the USAC guide to the ECFS. Electronic appeals will be considered filed on a business day if they are received at any time before 12:00 AM ET.
For more information about submitting appeals to the FCC, including options to submit the appeal via U.S. mail or hand-delivery/messenger delivery, visit the FCC’s website.