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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2002
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STATEMENT OF
COMMISSIONER MICHAEL J. COPPS


Re: Request for Review of the Decision of the Universal Service Administrator by Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota, DA 02-956

Hundreds of schools and libraries successfully filed electronic applications for E-Rate discounts within the filing window, but failed to mail a signed certification until after the window had closed. As a result, these schools and libraries -- including many rural and poor schools in North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and numerous other places were denied discounts to connect their classrooms and libraries to the Internet. I am troubled when so many deserving schools are denied funding, particularly as in this case, when the rules were changed and are being applied for the first time. Given these facts, I would have supported granting a one-time waiver to provide funding to these schools and libraries

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