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USAC's News Archive gives you access to all announcements related to the High Cost Program as they were made throughout the years. The archives will be updated as new announcements are made.


6/21/2019USAC June IT Maintenance

USAC will perform June monthly IT maintenance beginning Friday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET through Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. ET. During this time, users may experience service disruptions to USAC IT systems and program applications, and call centers may have limited ability to access program participant information.

5/13/2019USAC Call Centers Capacity Restored

Capacity has been restored for the call centers for the High Cost, Rural Healthcare, and Schools and Libraries programs and the Lifeline Support Center.

5/6/2019CAF Phase II Auction Page Now Available

This new page provides a variety of information about the CAF II Auction, including how to draft an acceptable Letter of Credit (LOC), and common errors and how to avoid them.

4/24/2019Webinar: FCC Form 481 Updates on May 7

Please join us on May 7 at 2 PM ET for a webinar about the program year 2020 updates to the FCC Form 481, the Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form. The webinar will focus on relevant changes to the FCC Form 481 for program year 2020 (due July 1, 2019).

4/23/2019USAC Releases CAF Map Version 2.0

USAC has released version 2.0 of the CAF Map, an interactive online map that shows the impact of the Connect America Fund (CAF) program on broadband expansion across rural America.    

First launched in late 2018, the Connect America Fund Broadband Map – or CAF Map – displays the locations where carriers that receive CAF support have built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service. Version 2.0 of the map contains updated information reflecting broadband deployment completed in 2018. It also contains data from one additional fund – Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) – bringing the total number of funds in the map to five.    

The CAF Map displays the geographic areas eligible for CAF support, as well as the specific fixed locations where carriers participating in the program have reported broadband availability. Among other details, the data in the map includes address, latitude and longitude coordinates, carrier name, deployment year and maximum speeds available.    

The information in the map comes from the carriers, which file and certify CAF-funded broadband deployment data annually with USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal. The grace period for the most recent HUBB filing window closed on March 6, 2019. The CAF Map pulls its data directly from the HUBB.      

A subset of this data has been subject to USAC verification review. USAC independently verifies deployment to a sample of locations reported to the HUBB each year to monitor carrier compliance with CAF build-out obligations.      

Version 2.0 of the map reflects broadband deployment as of Dec. 31, 2018 - as certified in the HUBB as of March 6, 2019 - by carriers participating in the following five Connect America Fund programs:    

  • Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF Phase II)    
  • Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM)          
  • Connect America Fund-Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS)    
  • Alaska Plan      
  • Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE)          

USAC will update the CAF Map periodically with additional broadband deployment data filed by carriers participating in these five CAF funds, and as more CAF funds begin reporting in the HUBB. Map data is also subject to change as carriers upgrade network speeds and correct inaccuracies. In addition, data in the map may change as USAC independently verifies deployment to a sample of locations certified by carriers in the HUBB each year.


1/22/2019Webinar: How to File in the HUBB Portal

Join us January 31, 2019 at 3:30PM ET for a webinar “Filing in the HUBB Portal”. Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund (CAF) programs must file broadband deployment data with USAC's HUBB (High Cost Universal Broadband) portal showing where they are building out mass-market, high-speed Internet service by March 1, 2019.

1/17/2019HUBB Outage Due to System Maintenance

Monthly systems maintenance will occur between Friday, January 18 at 6PM and Saturday, January 19 at 10AM. During this time, the HUBB portal will be unavailable.

1/16/2019HUBB Resources Page Updated for 2019

The HUBB Resources page has been updated to reflect requirements for the filing due 3/1/2019.