Funding Commitment Decisions Letters ("FCDLs") are sent to each applicant that
has submitted a valid Form 471. The letters notify the applicant of the funding
decisions that have been made with regard to each individual Funding Request
Number ("FRN") or item.
For most applicants, FCDLs summarize the E-rate funds that have been committed
and set aside for discounts that had been requested on eligible services. The
FCDL lists a separate decision for each request made in the associated Form
471. In some unfortunate cases, a letter indicates rejections of requested
discounts on services deemed ineligible or on lower priority services for which
program funding is not available.
All decisions that are listed in a FCDL need to be carefully and quickly
reviewed in preparation of taking one or more of the following actions:
File a FCC Form 486. In most cases, and when possible, a Form 486 should be
filed shortly after receiving a FCDL (see
Form 486 Preparation Tips).
Correct apparent errors (such as an incorrect supplier identification) in
funding decisions and/or in the underlying Form 471
Appeal an SLD funding decision
File a FCC Form 500 to change a start or contract expiration date, or to cancel
or reduce a FRN (see
Form 500 Preparation Tips).