The deadline for the delivery and installation of non-recurring services (i.e., internal connections) for Fiscal Year 2011 is rapidly approaching. All non-recurring services must be received by September 30, 2012, if no extension has been granted.
If you must request an extension for the delivery and installation of non-recurring services, the deadline for doing so is also September 30, 2012. The applicant or service provider must file a “service delivery deadline extension request” to extend the service delivery deadline. A one-year extension of the deadline can be requested if: (1) the service provider was unable to complete delivery and installation of the services for reasons beyond the service provider’s control; or (2) the applicant certifies that the service provider was unwilling to complete delivery after USAC withheld payment for the services on a properly submitted invoice for more than 60 days.
When requesting a service delivery deadline extension, it is also important to check the term of the applicable contract. If the contract expires before the date when services will be delivered, the applicant and service provider must extend the term of the existing contract (assuming such an extension is allowed by the terms of the contract and any applicable state and local rules). An FCC Form 500 must then be filed to notify USAC of the extended contract expiration date.
In addition, be sure to check your FRNs – if an extension was granted for the delivery and installation of non-recurring services in previous funding years, the deadline for receipt of those services may also be September 30, 2012.
Finally, if September 30, 2012 is the last day to receive non-recurring services, then January 28, 2013 is the last day to invoice USAC for those services.
For more information about the deadline for the receipt of non-recurring services – as well as any related extensions – please contact the Troy Law Group (www.troylawgroup.com).