Tribal Nations

Collaborating to connect Tribal communities to phone and internet services


USAC promotes universal service to Tribal communities through the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. The USF programs—composed of the E-Rate, Lifeline, High Cost, and Rural Health Care programs—help connect Tribal communities to phone and broadband services by working at the infrastructural, communal, and individual level. As an independent not-for-profit designated by the FCC, USAC administers the USF programs. Service providers, including service providers servicing Tribal lands or Tribally-operated service providers, make connectivity accessible and affordable by contributing to and participating in the USF.

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, which include the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Click each dropdown to learn more about how Tribal communities can qualify for funding through USAC’s programs. For any questions or comments regarding USAC’s work with Tribal Nations, contact USAC’s Tribal Liaison at


E-Rate Program
Rural Health Care (RHC) Program
Lifeline Program
High Cost Program
Service Providers