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RESOLVED - USAC is currently experiencing a phone system outage affecting our Customer Operations call center, the Rural Health Care Help Desk, and employee phones. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
This outage does not affect the E-rate Program's Client Service Bureau (CSB). We apologize for any inconvenience.
Due to Metrorail's closure, USAC will have limited telephone customer support on Wednesday, March 16 for USAC Customer Operations and the Rural Health Care Program's RHC Help Desk. The Schools and Libraries Client Service Bureau (CSB) will not be affected.
During this time we recommend that you submit all inquiries via email. Thank you!
The 2016 FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is now available in E-File, USAC's online filing system. The form is due Friday, April 1, 2016.
FCC rules require all providers of telecommunications, including universal service fund de minimis exempt companies, to file 2016 FCC Form 499-A to report revenue data for the period of January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
Visit USAC's website to learn more, view the 499-A user guide, or sign up for webinar training.
Late Filing Fees
Even if you are a de minimis company, filing FCC Form 499-A after the due date or failing to file will result in late filing fees imposed by the universal service fund as well as each of the funds named below.
The universal service fund late filing fees of the greater of $100 per month or the U.S. prime rate plus 3.5 percent of the filer's monthly obligation (FCC 07-150). Each of the funds named below can impose their own late filing fees based on their own billing practices as well.
Important Billing Information
The 12-month 2015 revenue data that will be reported on the 2016 FCC Form 499-A will be used to calculate the filing entity's contribution amount for the following funds:
Please review Table 1 of the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Instructions for a summary of which telecommunications providers are required to contribute to which support mechanisms.
How to File
On February 8, 2016, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 16-138) announcing the release of the 2016 FCC Form 499-A and instructions, which are available on the Contributor Forms page.
To file FCC Form 499-A online, follow these steps:
Visit the Contributors Filers page for more information, including who must file, when to file, what and how to file, how to make revisions, and details about late payments, DCIA, and Red Light.
Webinar Training Available
Join USAC this month for a 3-part webinar series about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet.
View Events and Register: FCC Form 499-A Webinar Series
Live presentations on March 8, 10 and 15, 2016
The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 16-138) announcing the release of the 2016 FCC Form 499-A and instructions as well as the 2016 FCC Form 499-Q and instructions. Copies of all forms and instructions can be found on the FCC's website.
Filers are reminded that the FCC Forms 499-A and -Q can only be submitted to USAC online. The 2016 FCC Form 499-A is due April 1, 2016, and we plan to make it available to filers in E-File on or before March 1, 2016. We will make the May 2016 FCC Form 499-Q, due May 2, available online on or before April 1, 2016.
USAC will be upgrading our phone system beginning at 6:00 PM ET Friday, January 29. This will impact USAC's Customer Service via (888) 641-8722, the RHC Help Desk via (800) 453-1546, the USAC main number, individual employee direct lines, and our fax lines. Calls and faxes to these numbers will not go through and callers will be unable to reach voicemail. Our phone system will be available again Monday, February 1 at 7:00 AM.
The Schools and Libraries Client Service Bureau (CSB) will remain open during their normal operating hours.
USAC is presenting three (3) webinars in March 2016 about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet. Visit the Contributors Training & Outreach page to view and register for the events, or sign up here:
March 8: What's New in the 2016 FCC Form 499-A
Changes to the form in 2016, including updated audit tips and new enhancements. Register now
March 10: Accessing the 2016 Form in E-File
An overview of E-File, USAC's online filing system, including a review the E-File interface, how to reset your password, add/remove users, and more. If you haven’t used the E-File system before, or find it difficult, this webinar is for you! Register Now
March 15: Filling Out the 2016 FCC Form 499-A, Line by Line
An in-depth look at the 2016 FCC Form 499-A, including a discussion of each revenue line. Register now
Recordings will be available following these events in the Contributors Online Learning Library.
All telecommunications providers (including de minimis carriers) are required to submit FCC Form 499-A, which reports historical revenue data from 2015 and is due Friday, April 1, 2016.