High Cost

Join the Program

Providing reliable, robust telecommunications service requires extensive networks of complex equipment. Building and maintaining these networks, situated in remote, geographically challenging locations or where few people live, can put the cost of providing service beyond the reach of any telephone company. The High Cost Program helps ensure that voice and broadband services, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation at comparable rates.

Step 1 Become an ETC
Step 2 Submit ETC Order to USAC
Step 3 Obtain a 498 ID
Step 4 Advertise Lifeline