A1: 54.314 state certifications may be done either all at once or in batches. Users need only select the check boxes for the SACs they wish to certify. A minimum of one SAC must be selected for a given certification, but there is no maximum SACs per certification. The "select all" check box allows all SACs to be certified in a single certification.
A2: States and self-certifiers must submit certifications, separately, to both USAC and the FCC. Submission through USAC's online 54.314 certification system is a submission to USAC only. Filers may, however, print the certification PDF created from USAC's online 54.314 system to submit via mail to the FCC using this mailing address:
Marlene H. Dortch
Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington DC 20554
A3: Any employee at a state PUC can be the state representative. Only one state representative should be authorized to use the system at any given time. Multiple user roles are not available.
If there is a change in the assignment of who should complete the 54.314 certification, the state commission should contact USAC to inform USAC that a change has occurred and to request a new On-Line Filing Request Form. The new state representative must submit the On-Line Filing Request Form containing details for the newly assigned contact. A new user ID and password will be issued upon change in personnel.
A6: All active MF-1 SACs (except Tribal and MF-1 defaulted SACs) must be certified.
A9: If a state wishes to make a change to the name of a carrier, they should contact the carrier and request that the carrier update their FCC Form 498. The USAC Customer Operations team is available to assist with these updates at (888) 641-8722.
If a change is made to a carrier's name, that carrier should email us to alert us to the adjustment. This will help ensure the name change is properly captured in all of USAC's systems.
A10: Per 54.314(a), states that desire carriers to receive support pursuant to the High Cost Program must file an annual certification with USAC and the FCC stating that all High Cost Program support provided to such carriers within that state was used in the preceding calendar year and will be used in the coming calendar year only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended. The rules specify that states need to certify carriers receiving High Cost Program support but do not specify that states need to certify carriers receiving Lifeline Program-only support.
A11: According to the Order (FCC 11-161),the certification requirement must state that all federal High Cost Program support provided was used in the preceding calendar year and will be used in the coming calendar year for the reasons for which the support was and is intended.
A12: There has been no change.
A13: Yes, they are. However, if you have forgotten your password or have been locked out, please contact HC Certifications to receive a temporary password.
A14: No, if you file online, there is no need to send USAC a copy by email or mail.