High Cost

Rules & Orders

Budget Control Mechanism

As required by the FCC Rate of Return Reform Order, USAC is required to calculate total support available for distribution to Rate of Return carriers. In order to remain within the annual rate of return budget, USAC will apply the FCC Budget Control Mechanism methodology to reduce support for carriers subject to HCLS (including SNA and SVS) and or CAF BLS support.

Per the December 2018 Rate of Return Reform Order FCC 18-176, the FCC revised the methodology for application of the Budget Control Mechanism. The new methodology is reflected below starting from the 2019-2020 Budget Analysis file.

Please note: These numbers are projections and are subject to change.

2016 2nd Half Budget Analysis
  • The budget control mechanism impact will be applied to four months, starting with the September 2016 disbursements.

2017 1st Half Budget Analysis

2017 Fourth Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2017-2018 Budget Analysis

  • This represents annual view for July 2017 through June 2018.

2018 First Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2018 Second Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2018-2019 Budget Analysis

  • This represents annual view for July 2018 through June 2019.

2018 Fourth Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2019 First Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2019 Second Quarter Budget Analysis Update for HCLS

2019-2020 Budget Analysis

  • This represents annual view for July 2019 through June 2020.