High Cost

Process Overview

Wireline and wireless carriers can become eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to receive reimbursement from the federal universal service fund’s High Cost Program for providing service in remote and underserved communities.

The Process

Join the Program

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

Program Requirements

File According to Fund
Certify: 54.313 Certification (FCC Form 481)
Certify: 54.314 Certification