Updated May 2018
USAC understands that some of the information requested during application review could be considered to be proprietary or sensitive commercial and financial information. Certain information is already protected from public disclosure as trade secrets and commercial or financial information under the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) rules at 47 C.F.R. § 0.457(d). If you believe this rule does not provide adequate protection, you may request that information and documentation provided be protected from public disclosure or inspection through 47 C.F.R. § 0.459. Parties requesting confidential treatment under 47 C.F.R. § 0.459 should submit a letter outlining the reasons for why the information should be withheld from public inspection. The request should include the following:
Prepare a letter with the information referenced above. (Include an email address with your request to receive confirmation of receipt.)
This letter and the requested documentation can be sent to USAC via:
Upon receipt of the request and documents, the party will receive confirmation of receipt via email from E-rate Program staff.
The confidentiality request will be saved with the requested information and documentation. USAC would inform the FCC that a confidentiality request under section 0.459 was submitted in the event that the FCC requests this information.