About USAC

Our Mission

Dedicated to achieving universal service.

This important principle suggests that everyone in the U.S. deserves high-speed connectivity that is:

Accessible-icon Accessible
Affordable-icon Affordable
Pervasive-icon Pervasive

The USF + USAC + FCC

As an independent not-for-profit designated by the FCC, USAC administers the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF is almost $10 billion and is available annually thanks to the companies and institutions that make universal service possible.

USF Programs

With the guidance of policy created by the FCC, we collect and deliver funding through four programs focused on places where broadband and connectivity needs are critical. These programs serve people in rural, underserved, and difficult-to-reach areas.

E-Rate

Keeping students and library patrons connected to broadband services

Rural Health Care (RHC)

Supporting healthcare facilities in bringing medical care to rural areas

Lifeline

Lowering the monthly cost of phone or internet service

High Cost

Expanding voice and broadband networks in underserved areas

Service Providers

Telecommunications companies support our mission in two critical ways: contributing money to the Universal Service Fund and participating in the USF and Congressional Response Programs. Learn more about both service provider roles.

Congressional Response Programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created multiple programs to help people stay connected during and beyond this disruptive period. The FCC designated USAC to administer these programs and funds.

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program
COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program