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USAC's Latest News Archive gives you access to all announcements related to the universal service programs as they were made throughout the years.

6/27/2017System Maintenance Thursday, June 29


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable on Thursday, June 29th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM EDT. The pre-production and production environments will unavailable during this time.

NLAD 3.5.0 release includes:

  • An optional query string (?rowsProcessed) for the Get/batch request

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.    

6/23/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/23/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/22/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - June 23-24


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 8:00 PM ET on Friday, June 23 through 2:00 AM ET Saturday, June 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance. 

  

6/22/2017FCC Issues Public Notice on Draft ESL for FY2018


On June 21, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-602) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2018 Eligible Services List (ESL).

Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before July 21, 2017. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before August 7, 2017. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.

6/20/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, June 23


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, June 23 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.     

6/19/2017FY2018 FCC Form 470 Now Available


Applicants can now complete and certify an FCC Form 470 for FY2018.

To start an FY2018 FCC Form 470, log in to EPC and click the FCC Form 470 link at the top of your landing page.

6/16/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/16/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/16/2017FCC Announces Third Quarter 2017 Contribution Factor Decrease to 17.1 Percent


The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice (DA 17-580) announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter (July-September) of 2017 will be 0.171 or 17.1 percent.

6/15/2017NLAD Release Version 3.4.11


NLAD version 3.4.11 has been released into the Production environment today, June 15, 2017.

This release includes two new API error codes related to the Tribal Benefit Flag and the Tribal Address Flag. In certain areas that do not meet the definition of "Tribal lands" as defined in §54.400(e) of the Lifeline rules, the following error(s) will be displayed if either or both of the Tribal flags are checked: 

  • INVALID_LIFELINE_TRIBAL_BENEFIT_FLAG - Lifeline Tribal Benefit is unavailable for this location.
  • INVALID_PRIMARY_TRIBAL_FLAG - Tribal Address is unavailable for this location.

Please note, this does not mean any Tribal enrollment rules have changed, nor does it signify that subscribers whose enrollments do not receive this error necessarily live on Tribal land.

The API Specification document containing the new error codes is available in the “Reports and Tools” section of the Production environment

  

6/15/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Sunday, June 18


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC Training Site will be unavailable from 7:00-10:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 18 for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in, or to file, certify, and search for certain forms via the EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

6/13/20172017 Service Provider Training Announced


USAC's Schools and Libraries Division will hold its annual training for E-rate Program service providers at a single site – on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This training is exclusively for service providers who have direct involvement and day-to-day management of the E-rate program for their organizations.

During the training you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from members of the USAC Schools and Libraries team on key topics important to service providers from competitive bidding to invoicing. 

Space is limited.  Register Today!

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM CT

Location: The Westin Galleria Dallas
                   13340 Dallas Parkway
                   Dallas, TX 75240 

6/12/2017Webinar on June 14: National Verifier Stakeholder Feedback


Join us for the next Lifeline Program Webinar to hear updates about the Lifeline Program, including the National Verifier, the Lifeline Modernization Order, and the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). 

Webinar Agenda

During the webinar, the Lifeline Program staff will discuss:

  • Refresher: National Verifier
  • Review of Stakeholder Feedback
  • Audience Q&A 

To foster a collaborative discussion with our audience, we will accept live questions during the event.

We look forward to hearing your questions and comments!

6/9/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/09/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/5/2017Summer Webinar Schedule Announced


Join USAC for our live training webinars provided for E-rate Program participants. We will share program updates and essential guidance to help participants learn about and successfully navigate the program. During each webinar, the audience will have the opportunity to take part in a live question and answer session with members of the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program team.

Register here: How to File FCC Form 486
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
3:00 PM ET

Register here: How to File FCC Form 470
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 
3:00 PM ET

Register here: E-rate Training for Beginners
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
3:00 PM ET

If you can't attend the live presentations, register for the webinars and we'll send you a link to the recording. The recordings will also be posted in the Online Learning Library

Equipment and Set-Up

To participate, you'll need:

-To meet the minimum system requirements, Click the "FAQs and System Test" button on the event's registration page to determine whether your computer meets the requirements to see and hear the webinar.
-A computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
-Computer speakers or headset.

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact USAC Outreach.  

6/2/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/02/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/2/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* Outage Due to System Maintenance: Friday, June 2


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* will be unavailable from 12:00-2:00 PM ET, Friday, June 2 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to the training site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  

5/26/2017News Brief Issued


The 05/26/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

5/19/2017News Brief Issued


The 05/19/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

5/17/2017Schools and Libraries FY2017 Demand Filing


USAC's estimate of demand for Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism discounts for Funding Year (FY) 2017 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) is $3.20 billion, of which $2.296 billion is for Category 1 and $904 million for Category 2. This estimate is based on total funds requested in FCC Form 471 applications received on or before May 11, 2017, the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window.

For more information, please see our cover letter.

5/17/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Wednesday, May 17 9:00 PM ET


The E-rate Productivity Center(EPC) will be unavailable from 9:00-9:15 PM ET, Wednesday May 17 for planned system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

5/17/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, May 19


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.  

5/17/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, May 19


 The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website. 

5/15/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - May 15


The Schools and Library legacy systems will be unavailable from 8:00-11:00 PM ET on Monday, May 15 tor system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center will not be affected by this maintenance.

 

5/12/2017News Brief Issued


The 05/12/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

5/10/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* Outage Due to System Maintenance: Thursday, May 11


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) TRAINING SITE will be unavailable from 4:00-8:00 PM ET, Thursday, May 11 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to the training site. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

This maintenance is specific to the training site and will not impact filing FCC Forms 471 in the regular system.

 

5/10/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Friday, May 12


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 5:00-10:00 PM ET, Friday, May 12 for planned system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

5/5/2017News Brief Issued


The 05/05/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

5/5/2017Extended CSB Hours May 5-11


The Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be open additional hours starting this evening and running through the close of the filing window to assist applicants with any issues they may encounter. We strongly encourage you to call as soon as you know that you need our help.

You can reach CSB at 888-203-8100.

Date CSB Open CSB Close
Friday, May 5 8:00 AM EDT 10:00 PM EDT
Saturday, May 6 9:00 AM EDT   6:00 PM EDT
Sunday, May 7 9:00 AM EDT   6:00 PM EDT
Monday, May 8 8:00 AM EDT 10:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, May 9 8:00 AM EDT 10:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 10 8:00 AM EDT 10:00 PM EDT
Thursday, May 11 8:00 AM EDT 12:30 AM EDT (May 12)

Generally, CSB has the highest call volumes during the following hours:

  • Weekday mornings from 11:00 AM through 12:00 PM EDT
  • Weekday afternoons from 2:30 PM through 3:30 PM EDT.

If you call during these hours and an agent is not able to answer, please use our callback service. You will be offered the option to leave your telephone number, and we will then return your call at our earliest convenience.

  

5/4/2017Departure of USAC CEO Chris Henderson


The USAC Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mr. Chris Henderson, USAC’s CEO, on May 3, 2017. Mr. Henderson has served as USAC’s CEO since September 2014. During his tenure, Mr. Henderson led the company through a period of tremendous growth and change focused on enhancing program integrity and improving the stakeholder experience, as part of fulfilling the FCC’s universal service mission. The Board thanks Mr. Henderson for his leadership and wishes him continued success in his future endeavors.

The USAC Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Vickie Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel of USAC, to serve as Acting CEO until such time as a permanent replacement is found. Ms. Robinson has served as USAC’s Vice President and General Counsel since February 2016. She previously served in various leadership roles at the FCC, primarily focused on universal service policy and enforcement matters.

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Gabriela Gross Guinan, USAC Associate General Counsel, at (202) 772-4560.

5/4/2017FY2017 Application Filing Window Close Date Remains May 11, 2017


Some applicants have received News feed items due to an FCC Form 470 posting that features an “application window close date” of 6/1/2017.


The application filing window close date of May 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT has not changed. We are aware of the problem with the EPC News feed items and are working to correct it.


We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

5/1/2017Support Calculations for Budget Control Mechanism Now Available


USAC announces support calculations for the budget control mechanism for July 2017 through June 2018, as required by the FCC’s Rate-of-Return Reform Order. Please see the Budget Control Mechanism for Rate of Return Carriers page for more information.  

4/28/2017News Brief Issued


The 04/28/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

4/28/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Friday, April 28 5:00 PM ET


The E-rate Productivity Center(EPC) will be unavailable from 5:00-5:30 PM ET, Friday, April 28 for planned system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

4/28/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - April 28-29


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 8:00 PM ET on Friday, April 28 through 2:00 AM ET Saturday, April 29 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance. 

  

4/27/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Sunday, April 30


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 7:00-11:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 30 for planned system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4/26/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, April 28


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, April 28 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.

4/25/2017NLAD Release Version 3.4.5


NLAD version 3.4.5 has been released into the Production Environment on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

The following changes have been made in this release:

Addition of CAPTCHA to NLAD login page
A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a program that enhances NLAD security by ensuring a user is human. When the user enters their NLAD username and password on the NLAD login page, they will be asked to confirm that they are not a robot. CAPTCHA may prompt the user to select images based on a given theme, for example, “Select all images with mountains.” After selecting the images, the user can successfully login to NLAD.

Please note, CAPTCHA only impacts the log in process for the NLAD UI. CAPTCHA does not affect NLAD API users or the ability to access NLAD through the API.

Select Multiple SACs for Detail Active Subscriber Report and Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report
Users can now select multiple SACs when viewing the Detail Active Subscriber Report and the Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report.
  

4/24/2017FCC Releases Order on Reconsideration for Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs)


On February 3, 2017, the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration for LBP designations. The order allows the FCC to reconsider the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designations for nine new Lifeline broadband providers.

USAC appreciates the FCC's commitment to universal service and the integrity of the Lifeline Program. Reconsiderations of recent decisions are common during administration changes.

Current Lifeline ETCs with voice designations are still authorized to provide Lifeline-supported broadband service. USAC will work closely with the FCC and service providers to minimize the effect on consumers, following the approach laid out in the order. Lifeline subscribers of the affected LBPs will be allowed to select a new service provider.

4/21/2017News Brief Issued


The 04/21/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

4/20/2017FCC Form 481 Due July 3, 2017


Eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) can now log in to E-File and access the FCC Form 481, Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form. 

You can find draft versions of the FCC Form 481 Template (PDF version), filing instructions, and all necessary upload templates, on the High Cost and Lifeline Forms web pages.

Please note that these documents are all drafts until the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval. You may begin and save your FCC Form 481, but will not be able to certify the filing. The certify and bulk certify buttons will be disabled until OMB approves the form. USAC will send a notification email when the buttons are activated and you are able to certify your filing.
 

   

4/17/2017Special Edition News Brief - Upcoming FCC Form 471 Webinar


The 04/17/2017 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

4/14/2017News Brief Issued


The 04/14/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

4/12/2017FCC Announces Alaska Comparability Benchmarks


On April 11, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-346) announcing the reasonable comparability voice and broadband benchmarks and confirming the minimum usage allowance requirements for Alaska Plan rate-of-return carriers and Alaska Communication Systems (ACS).

4/12/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: April 13, 3:00 AM-6:00 AM ET


The E-rate Productivity Center(EPC) will be unavailable from 3:00-6:00 AM ET, Thursday, April 13 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to the site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4/10/2017FY2016 Commitments to be Issued for Requests Filed During the Sep–Nov Filing Window Period


After a comprehensive review of funding request forms (FCC Forms 462 and 466) received during the second filing window period for FY2016 (i.e., September 1 – November 30, 2016), USAC will begin issuing funding commitment letters (FCLs) today, based on the total dollar value of all qualifying funding requests received during the September – November 2016 filing window period. The total dollar value of all qualifying funding requests received during this filing window period was $274,725,249. 

Because this amount exceeds the RHC Program funding available of $254,255,017 at the beginning of the September – November filing window period, funding requests submitted during the September – November filing window period will receive a pro-rated percentage of the qualifying funding requested. The pro-rata percentage for the FY2016 September – November filing window period is 92.5% (reduction of 7.5%) for the qualifying funding requests. The exact amount of funding each qualifying funding request will receive will be detailed in the FCLs. Please be sure to review the FCL and verify that all information is accurate.
For more information:
-  View the FY2016 funding webinar recording
-  Read about the calculation of the pro-rata factor for the September – November filing window period
-  See FY2016 Funding Information

4/7/2017News Brief Issued


The 04/07/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

4/5/2017498/499 Spotlight Newsletter 2Q2017 Issued


The Second Quarter 2017 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is now available. The 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is designed to provide important, up-to-date information about the FCC Form 498 and FCC Form 499 including news, deadlines, and filing best practices for service providers. 

To sign up to receive the 498/499 Spotlight newsletter via email, visit the subscription center.

4/3/2017NLAD Service Disruption


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) is experiencing a system disruption. We are working to resolve the issue and will communicate via the NLAD Bulletin as soon as it is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

3/31/2017News Brief Issued


The 03/31/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

3/31/2017First Quarter 2017 RHC Circuit Issued


The First Quarter 2017 RHC Circuit has been issued. To subscribe, please visit our subscription center.

3/24/2017News Brief Issued


The 03/24/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

3/23/2017HUBB Filing Requirements Receive PRA Approval


On March 22, 2017, the FCC announced approval for the information collection associated with the Commission's Connect America Fund,Report and Order, Order and Order on Reconsideration, April 25, 2016, Report and Order, July 7, 2016, and Order, November 22, 2016. For more information, please see our HUBB landing page.  

3/22/2017Special Edition News Brief - Webinars: E-rate Program Overview for Beginners


The 03/22/2017 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

3/21/2017NLAD Release Version 3.4.0


NLAD version 3.4.0 has been released into the Production environment today, March 21, 2017. This release includes two (2) new API error codes:

  • Two (2) API error codes for when NLAD checks a subscriber in a state database (currently only applicable to California)

The API Specification document containing the two new error codes is available in the “Reports and Tools” section of the Production environment.

3/17/2017News Brief Issued


The 03/17/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

3/16/2017Temporary Issues with FCC Form 471 in EPC


Some applicants are reporting difficulty in filing FCC Forms 471 today. Generally these applicants have lost contact with their form and the system has not created a task for them to return and continue their work.

  • If you receive a message that your form is out of window, please contact our Client Service Bureau (CSB) at 1-888-203-8100 and provide your form number. We will contact you individually when your issue has been resolved.
  • For all other issues, we should be able to locate and restore your FCC Form 471 within 24 hours. If you are still unable to locate your form after that time, please contact our Client Service Bureau (CSB) at 1-888-203-8100.

    Please note the FCC Form 470 is not affected, and applicants can continue to file this form if they need to do so.

  • We apologize for any inconvenience.

      

    3/15/2017Scheduled System Maintenance on Friday, March 17


    The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, March 17 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 AM EDT.

    The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

    For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website. 

    3/14/2017NLAD Release Version 3.3.2


    NLAD version 3.3.2 has been released into the Production environment today, March 14, 2017. This release includes two (2) new API error codes:

    • Two (2) API error codes for address validation checks

    The API Specification document containing the two new error codes for address validation checks is available in the “Reports and Tools” section of the Production environment.

    The production release of two additional API error codes for NLAD users attempting to check a subscriber in a state database (applicable only to California) will be released as part of NLAD version 3.4.0 scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

    3/14/2017Today's Service Provider Webinar Canceled


    Due to inclement weather in the Washington DC area, today's service provider webinar has been canceled.

    3/13/2017FCC Announces Second Quarter 2017 Contribution Factor Increase to 17.4 Percent


    The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice (DA 17-245) announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the second quarter (April-June) of 2017 will be 0.174 or 17.4 percent.

    3/10/2017Resolved - NLAD Intermittent Service Disruptions


    The issue causing intermittent service disruptions with the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) has been resolved and system functionality has been fully restored.

    Thank you for your patience and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 

    3/10/2017NLAD Intermittent Service Disruptions


    The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) is experiencing intermittent system disruptions.

    We are working to resolve the issue and will communicate as soon as it has been resolved.

    We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    3/9/2017FCC Releases Mobility Fund Phase II Order


    On March 7, 2017, the FCC released an Order (FCC 17-11) adopting the framework for moving forward with the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) and Tribal Mobility Fund Phase II, which will allocate up to $4.53 billion over the next decade to advance the deployment of 4G LTE service to areas that are so costly that the private sector has not yet deployed there and to preserve such service where it might not otherwise exist.  

    3/7/2017Webinar on March 8: Rolling Recertification


    Join us to hear updates about the Lifeline Program, including the Lifeline Modernization Order and the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). During the webinars, you can ask questions and participate in a collaborative dialog with USAC and stakeholders throughout the industry.

    Lifeline Program Updates Webinar, Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 PM ET
    REGISTER NOW

    Webinar Agenda
    During the webinar, the Lifeline Program staff will discuss:

    • Rolling Recertification
      • Background
      • Process
    • Lessons Learned
      • Common Audit Findings

    To foster a collaborative discussion with our audience, we will accept live questions during the event. We look forward to hearing your questions and comments! 

    3/7/2017NLAD Release Versions 3.3.2 and 3.3.3


    NLAD versions 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 have been released into the Pre-Production environment today, March 7, 2017. Each release includes two (2) new API error codes:

    • NLAD version 3.3.2 - Two (2) additional API error codes for address validation checks
    • NLAD version 3.3.3 - Two (2) additional API error codes when NLAD attempts to check a subscriber in a state database (applicable only to California)

    The API error codes will be live in the Production environment after the combined NLAD 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 Production release on March 14, 2017.

    The API Specification document reflecting these changes is available in the "Reports and Tools" section of the Pre-Production environment

    3/1/2017FY2017 Filing Window Open


    The initial Filing Window Period for FY2017 opens March 1, 2017! Applicants can now submit funding request forms (FCC Forms 462 and 466) through June 30, 2017.

    To ensure you receive funding, submit your funding requests by June 30, 2017, but we encourage applicants to submit their funding requests early.

    Funding request forms (FCC Form 462 in the HCF Program and FCC Form 466 in the Telecom Program) provide information about the services selected through the FCC Form 461 and 465 competitive bidding processes and certify that those services were the most cost-effective option of the offers received. USAC uses information provided on these forms to calculate and issue funding commitments.

    USAC will process funding request forms during funding request filing window periods, but will not make funding commitments for forms submitted during a filing window period until after that funding window period has ended.

    USAC will continue to accept and process all other RHC Program application forms (i.e., FCC Forms 460, 461, 463, 465, 467, and Telecom invoice) throughout the funding year.