FCC Record, Volume 19, No. 8, Pages 5879 to 6813, March 31 - April 13, 2004 Page: 6,591
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CONCURRING STATEMENT OF
COMMISSIONER MICHAEL J. COPPS
Re: McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc., Applicationfor Review
The Commission today addresses a situation in which a company mailed the regulatory fees it
owed to the Commission five days prior to the deadline. The check was processed one day after the
deadline, and for this one day, McLeodUSA was penalized over $90,000 - a 25 percent penalty. I concur
in the decision because the statute and our rules require such a penalty. I am disappointed, however, that
the Commission does not seek comment on approaches that could address such situations in the future.
For example, the FCC bases the deadline for its schools and libraries universal service program on the
postmark date of the filing. The IRS uses a similar method for payment of taxes. Using the postmark
date or some other alternative might better take into account those who are located further away or who
face unforeseen delays in mail delivery that are beyond their control.
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United States. Federal Communications Commission. FCC Record, Volume 19, No. 8, Pages 5879 to 6813, March 31 - April 13, 2004, book, April 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4077/m1/732/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.