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Beginning August 20, 2013, all service providers must use the new FCC Form 498 (August 2013 version) when applying for a new Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) or when making changes to contact or remittance information to an existing SPIN.
The new FCC Form 498 and instructions are posted on the USAC website in the Service Provider Forms section. No prior years’ forms will be accepted; all FCC Form 498s mailed to USAC (postmarked after August 20th) must use the newest version of the form or they will not be processed. Service providers who submit an outdated form will receive notice from USAC that the form could not be processed. FCC Form 498 E-File users will automatically see the newest version of the form upon log in, and their information will pre-populate.
The changes to the form affect service providers participating in the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. Service providers currently participating in the RHC Program will soon have their universal service fund (USF) contributions automatically set to net against their distribution payments. To opt out of netted payments, service providers must uncheck the box in Block 14. Additionally, service providers that plan on participating in the RHC’s Healthcare Connect Fund must indicate their intention by checking the box in Block 15, “Certification to Assist Health Care Providers.”
On August 19, 2013, the FCC released Public Notice DA-13-1777 explaining the new changes to the form. If you have questions, call us at (888) 641-8722, or email USAC's 499 group. You may also visit the Service Providers section of our website. To learn more, please view the Changes to FCC Form 498 video.