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Supply Chain

The Supply Chain First Report and Order prohibits the use of Universal Service Fund (USF) support to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support any equipment or services produced or provided by companies that pose a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain.

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Huawei and ZTE, and their affiliates and subsidiaries, as companies that pose a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks.

USF support recipients must certify on existing universal service program forms that they do not use universal service funds to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify or otherwise support equipment or services from companies identified on the Covered List. ETCs are required to submit annual certifications to USAC for each program (i.e., E-rate, Rural Health Care, High Cost, and Lifeline) in which they participate.

All USF recipients are subject to audit by USAC and can view our National Supply Chain Audit Strategy.

Program Form Due Date
Lifeline FCC Form 481 July 1
E-rate FCC Form 473 See FCC Form 473 Filing
Rural Health Care FCC Form 463 October 28
High Cost FCC Form 481 July 1

For questions about the Supply Chain or the certification on existing FCC forms, reach out to us using the Contact Us page.