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    If considered a utility can't we pay in same month of coverage or does it have to be in arrears?


    "Mobile Satellite Radio Dispatch Access" does not meet the definition of a utility service at FAR 41.101 but appears to be a telecommunication service, which is not a utility service (ref. FAR 41.102(b)(3)). It seems unusual that a company would not be able to accept payment after services are provided. Nevertheless, FAR 32.202-1(b) lists circumstances under which the Government can make advance payments. FAR 32.202-1(d) provides for "unusual contract financing," which could be the case in your situation. The Head of the Contracting Activity for your organization has to approve such unusual contract financing.

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