The Universal Service Fund helps communities and people across the U.S. stay connected to the information, resources, and care they need.

USAC administers the Universal Service Fund under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Explore the Four Universal Service Programs

Closing the digital divide through affordable, accessible, and reliable voice and internet services.


Ensuring that schools and libraries across the U.S. are connected to information and resources through the internet

Rural Health Care

Supporting healthcare facilities in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity


Helping households obtain communications services they need to participate in today’s digital world

High Cost

Providing funding to companies working to expand connectivity infrastructures in unserved or underserved areas

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The ACP provided discounted internet services and a one time device discount for eligible households. The program has ended for now.

Also see the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF)

Service Providers

Helping to make universal service possible by paying into the USF and participating in the four programs

Universal Service Fund Data

USAC’s Open Data initiative allows the public to explore and analyze information submitted by universal service program participants.

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Communities Reached


Schools & Libraries


Rural Health Care Clinics

People Served


Lifeline-Eligible Households


High Cost-Area Households