USAC emails remittance statements and makes electronic payments to the the contacts and institutions indicated on FCC Form 498. Service providers may elect a different contact and bank account for each program.
USAC only pays support disbursements electronically, as mandated by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. Law 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321-358).
If a service provider's banking information is missing, incomplete, or invalid, disbursements may be returned by the recipient's bank, or not transmitted. USAC will contact the service provider to correct any inaccurate information.
To change or update a bank account, the service provider must revise its FCC Form 498.
Incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) may choose between having payments deposited into the account listed on their FCC Form 498, or participating in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) pool. To select the NECA pool, ILECs must check the box on FCC Form 498 that reads, "Check this box if electing National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA)."
Competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) cannot elect the NECA pool; disbursement payments will be deposited into the account listed on the FCC Form 498.
Service providers may choose to have their program disbursements offset their universal service contribution obligation (USAC invoice) by checking the box in Block 14 on the FCC Form 498. This will apply any RHC Program disbursements to their USAC invoice as a disbursement credit, reducing their obligation to USAC.
They may also elect to be paid directly by leaving Block 14 unchecked. This will result in USAC paying any RHC Program disbursements to the bank account listed in the "Banking and Remittance" section of the FCC Form 498.
Service providers may choose to have program disbursement payments offset against their universal service contribution obligation by checking Block 19 on the FCC Form 498.
USAC will email remittance statements to the email address listed on the FCC Form 498 under each program's "Payment and Remittance" section; this email address can be a single point of contact or an email group address.
A service provider's contact and banking information can be changed at any time by submitting a revision to your 498 ID in E-File.
Any contact listed on FCC Form 498 may request a copy of the statement via email, and should receive it in one business day. Please include this information in your request:
USAC will not provide a copy of the remittance statement unless the requestor is listed as a contact on the FCC Form 498. Telephone requests for remittance statements will not be honored.
SPAM prevention tools may block USAC statements because they contain a file attachment (.docx) and a hyperlink. To ensure the prompt delivery of USAC electronic remittance statements, please take the following steps.
Ask your IT administrators to:
And verify your own email set up: