Broadband access to the Internet lies at the heart of Americans’ experiences in the home, at work, in school, and as public and private citizens. Bringing these facilities to every corner of the country has become a necessary feature of making the most out of opportunities available in 21st century society.
In November 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the USF/ICC Transformation Order, reforming the high-cost component of universal service fund by phasing out the Legacy High Cost Program and introducing the Connect America Fund. The Connect America Fund will bring broadband to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have it. In two phases, the Connect America Fund extends broadband service to unserved and underserved areas where a federal subsidy is necessary to ensure the build-out and operation of broadband networks.
If you are a telecommunications company interested in learning more about the Connect America Fund, the first step is to understand how participation in the program works.
USAC is responsible for data collection and maintenance, support calculation, and disbursements for the Connect America Fund.
USAC reviews companies’ claims for support to ensure they are consistent with the Federal Communication Commission's rules. In addition to reviewing claims data, USAC also conducts beneficiary audits to ensure program compliance.