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9/13/2017E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: Tuesday, September 19


USAC's E-File system, will be unavailable Tuesday, September 19, from 8:00-10:00 PM ET, for system maintenance. Online forms will not be accessible for contributors, service providers, or participants in the High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries programs. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/7/2017FCC Extends Deadline for 54.314 Certification to November 17, 2017


On September 6, 2017, the FCC released an Order (DA 17-848) granting a brief, limited waiver of the filing deadline for states, or eligible telecommunication carriers (ETCs) not subject to the jurisdiction of a state, to certify to the proper use of federal high-cost universal service support under section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules. States or ETCs must file the section 54.314 certification with USAC by November 17, 2017.

9/5/2017RESOLVED - USAC Phone System Outage


RESOLVED - USAC is currently experiencing a phone system outage affecting our Customer Operations (Contributors, Lifeline, and High Cost)call center, the Rural Health Care Help Desk, and employee phones. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Please visit our Email USAC page to contact us. 

This outage does not affect the E-rate Program's Client Service Bureau (CSB). We apologize for any inconvenience.

8/2/2017Support Calculations for Budget Control Mechanism


USAC announces fourth quarter 2017 HCLS budget analysis updates for HCLS  as part of the budget control mechanism 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.

7/24/2017FCC Reminds Connect America Fund Recipients of Upcoming Deadlines


On July 20, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-701) reminding price cap carriers that accepted Connect America Fund Phase II model-based support of their upcoming deployment and reporting obligations and of the consequences for failing to meet those deadlines. These details may be viewed in the Public Notice.