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Participate in ACP

Get Started

All service providers interested in participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that did not participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program must file an election notice with USAC by sending an email to ACProgram@usac.org that contains the ACP Election Form and all required documentation. This information will allow USAC to register your company to participate in the ACP and create system access, as needed, for the National Verifier (NV), the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD), the ACP Claims System (ACPCS), and the Representative Accountability Database (RAD).

Here is what you need to do to get started:

Service providers that participate in the EBB Program are not required to submit a second election notice for the Affordable Connectivity Program as long as there is no change to where they offer service or to their connected devices offerings.

For new providers to the ACP, the FRN, EIN (Employer Identification Number)/TIN (Tax Identification Number), and Dun and Bradstreet DUNS Number should all be associated with the same entity filing the election notice.

*Service providers only need to register with SAM.gov and obtain an FRN once – if these steps were previously completed, service providers do not need to repeat them for the ACP.

Existing EBB Providers
EBB Program participating providers will automatically transition to the ACP on December 31, 2021. At that time, existing providers can offer their EBB Program service plans and any of their other internet service offerings on a voluntary basis to households enrolling in the ACP in their approved EBB Program jurisdictions.  If an existing EBB provider would like to offer ACP service in additional service areas or add new connected devices to their EBB election notice, they must submit an ACP election form.

Note: Existing EBB providers will not receive new SACs and SPINs.  Their EBB SACs and SPINs will be used for ACP.

Affordable Connectivity Program Approval Request Process (Opens Dec. 27, 2021)

Non-ETC service providers that want to participate in the ACP must receive FCC approval before submitting an ACP election notice to USAC. Existing ETCs can use their ETC designation order to qualify and do not need to submit a separate FCC approval request in the states in which the provider has an ETC designation.

Service providers should visit the FCC website and click on Provider Application Approvals for detailed application requirements and instructions.

 Submit Election Notice to USAC

All service providers who plan to participate in the ACP and did not participate in the EBB Program must file an ACP election notice with USAC. EBB participating providers only need to file an election notice if they would like to offer ACP service in additional service areas or add new connected devices to their EBB election notice. Service providers must email the completed election form and the following documentation to ACProgram@usac.org:

  1. FCC approval of your company’s participation in the ACP (required for non-ETCs and ETCs that wish to participate in states outside their ETC designation)
  2. ETC designation(s) (required for ETCs)
  3. Description of broadband service offerings (required for all providers)
    • Documentation must include service offering name, speed, rate, and data caps
    • Examples of service offering documentation include Excel summaries, billing reports, price lists, etc.
  4. Connected device documentation (if applicable). Documentation must indicate the following:
    • Device specifications, including whether it is a laptop, desktop, or tablet, and confirmation that it cannot independently make cellular calls.
    • Rate, including consumer co-pay amount (co-pay must be more than $10 and less than $50) and amount for which you intend to seek reimbursement

The ACP election process is subject to change when the FCC issues ACP rules in January 2022.

 Processed Elections

After receiving a company’s completed election notice, USAC will assign the service provider an ACP Study Area Code (SAC). A SAC is a unique number that USAC assigns to a service provider that uniquely identifies that company based on its service area. USAC will also assign a Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) to any provider who does not have one.

When service providers have completed the election process and received their ACP SACs, they can begin to access USAC’s IT systems. USAC will offer trainings to help service providers use the USAC systems.

 Companies Near Me Tool

USAC will use the information submitted with the election notice to add all participating service providers to the Companies Near Me tool. To increase the tool’s accuracy, service providers should submit the zip codes where they plan to offer ACP service using this form. Please email the completed form to ACProgram@usac.org.

Please do not alter the form or submit additional information – it will slow down the processing of the form.

Companies Near Me submissions will be updated on a rolling basis.

 API Access to USAC Systems

If your company intends to utilize an Application Programming Interface (API) to access either the National Verifier or the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) for the ACP, please complete and sign the ISA and include it with your election notice for the ACP.

ETCs that already use APIs to access the National Verifier or NLAD for the Lifeline program must complete a new ISA that describes their connection with USAC’s systems for use with the ACP. Companies that completed the ISA for the EBB Program do not need to complete a second ISA.