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Last Modified: February 14, 2014

 

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that administers the four universal service programs and collections of the universal service fund under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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USAC Website Policy

Disclaimer of Liability

USAC makes every effort to ensure the website is accurate. However, there may be errors and/or omissions. USAC's website is provided "as is" and USAC does not guarantee the accuracy or content of this site and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions.

Your use of USAC's website is your acknowledgment and agreement that:

  • USAC's website is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Your use of the website is at your sole risk.
  • USAC and its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates and licensors expressly disclaim any and all warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, quality, and non-infringement.
  • USAC and its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates and licensors disclaim any and all warranties that:
    • USAC's website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free;
    • Results obtained from the use of USAC's website will be accurate or reliable;
    • USAC's website will meet your requirements; and
    • Any errors in USAC's website will be corrected.
  • You are solely responsible for and hereby waive any and all claims and causes of action with respect to any damage to your computer, Internet access, or loss of data that arises out of, or is in connection with, USAC's website.

You expressly acknowledge and agree that USAC and its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates and licensors shall not be liable to you for any special, incidental, indirect, statutory, exemplary, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, or for any lost profits, business or revenue, or loss of use, goodwill or data, system failure, or other intangible losses (even if USAC knew, should have known, or had been advised of the possibility of such damages), arising out of, or in connection with, USAC's website.

Freedom of Information Act

USAC administers the universal service fund under the authorization and oversight of the FCC. Consequently, requests for information made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552, ( FOIA ) must be made directly to the FCC. Information regarding FOIAs, including how to file a request, may be obtained from the FCC's website.

Reproduction of USAC's Logo and Trademarks

You must receive USAC's prior written approval before reproducing USAC's logo or trademarks. Requests to use USAC's logo or trademarks may be sent to:

External Relations
USAC
2000 L Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Email: USAC Outreach

Contact USAC to obtain written approval from the External Relations Division.

USAC owns the following trademarks:

USAC
Universal Service Administrative Company

USAC Logo

Consent

Your use of USAC's website is your consent to USAC's polices including, but not limited to, USAC's Privacy Policy and Website Policy.

Other

If there is an absence of applicable federal law, District of Columbia law applies without regard to any otherwise applicable principle of conflicts of laws. Any and all claims, causes of action or disputes arising out of or relating to your use of USAC's website shall be brought exclusively in the courts located in the District of Columbia. You agree to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in the District of Columbia and agree to waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction by such courts.

If people with disabilities experience any problems with USAC's website or users have questions about the accessibility of USAC's website, they may contact USAC at (202) 776-0200 or via email.

USAC reserves the right to amend the Website Policy at any time and without notice. If the Website Policy or Privacy Policy is updated, the last modified date of the policies is reflected in the upper right of this page.

USAC Website Privacy Policy

USAC is a private, not-for-profit organization that collects universal service contributions and administers universal service support programs under the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This Privacy Policy applies to USAC's website.

This Privacy Policy has been created to explain the way in which USAC uses personal data. USAC may update this Privacy Policy from time to time and without notice. If the Website Policy or Privacy Policy is updated, the last modified date of the policies is reflected in the upper right of this page.

Information You Send to USAC

Personal data is any information that allows you to be identified. USAC collects personal data you provide through such methods as your submission of FCC forms or questions through the website. The types of personal data USAC collects might include your name, title, employer, address, telephone number, email address, fax number, and other pieces of personal data related to participating in a universal service program as a contributor or beneficiary. Your use of the website and the actions you take while on USAC's website represent your consent for USAC to use the information collected.

Some of the information you provide may become publicly available. For example, in administering the Rural Health Care and Schools and Libraries programs, USAC regularly posts on its website requests for services on behalf of schools, libraries, and rural health care providers to assist them in complying with the program's competitive bidding requirements. In addition, USAC posts a list of funding commitments to schools, libraries, and rural health care providers by individual applicants. USAC encourages visitors to its website to use the information posted for its intended purposes; however, applicants should be aware that there is no guarantee that visitors to USAC's website will do so.

Information Automatically Collected

When you visit USAC's website, certain information regarding your time at the website is automatically collected. The information collected includes, but is not limited to, the date and time you accessed the site, the pages viewed, the IP address that accessed the site, the browser type that accessed the site, the operating system that accessed the site, and the website from which you linked to USAC's site. Your use of USAC's website and the actions you take while on the website represent your consent for the collection and use of the information.

USAC's website does not respond to "do not track" or other similar browser settings or requests.

How the Information Is Used

USAC uses information it receives for purposes of collecting universal service funds and administering universal service support programs. Information collected may be disclosed to the FCC pursuant to 47 CFR Section 54.702(j) or other authorized parties including USAC contractors and pursuant to inquiries received under applicable law.

Unauthorized Access and Prohibited Activity

If attempts are made to obtain unauthorized access to USAC's systems, USAC may provide information to the appropriate law enforcement officials. Engaging in prohibited activity such as unauthorized access to USAC's systems is strictly prohibited and may result in civil and/or criminal punishment.

Third-Party Websites

USAC's website includes links to information created and maintained by third parties. USAC's website also includes links to social media sites used by USAC. These links are provided for your convenience. By accessing third-party websites, different policies and practices apply. Third-party sites may collect different and/or more information about you. Additionally, by virtue of using those sites, you may reveal certain personal information to USAC or third parties.

USAC is not responsible for the policies and practices of the third-party website. Additionally, USAC does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, usefulness or completeness of the third-party websites. You should not use any information obtained from a third-party website as the basis for decisions or actions regarding universal service collections or disbursements or participation in any universal service program activity. Links to particular sites are not intended to reflect importance. USAC does not endorse the third party sponsoring the site, any views expressed on the site, or products or services offered on the site.

Cookies

USAC may use cookies on its websites. A cookie is information that a website puts on your hard drive so that it can remember pieces of information about you when you next visit the website. USAC uses cookies for the purpose of site maintenance and improvement, to enhance users' website experiences, and to execute operations that might be associated with collecting and distributing universal service funds. USAC also uses session cookies in its online transactions such as when a user submits an application, initiates a search query, or receives a query response. Session cookies maintain the state of the user's connection to USAC's website throughout the online transaction. Session cookies are deleted from users' systems as soon as they close their browsers.

If you prefer not to receive cookies from USAC's website, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. If you need to learn how to change the way your browser handles cookies, follow these instructions. Turning off cookies in your browser might impair your experience of USAC's website. USAC has appropriate technical and organizational security measures intended to prevent unauthorized or unlawful disclosure or access to or, accidental or unlawful loss or destruction of, or alteration or unauthorized disclosure of or access to, or other damage to your personal data. These measures are intended to ensure an appropriate level of security in relation to the risks inherent in the processing and the nature of the personal data to be protected.

Contact USAC

You may contact USAC at any time if you would like to correct, update or supplement personal data.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can send us an email.