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USAC Customer Service Centers Closed – November 24-25, 2022

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the USAC Customer Service Centers will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. The Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Customer Service Centers will remain open on Friday, November 25.

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FCC Releases Hurricane Ian Relief Order

On October 4, 2022, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order (DA 22-1063) that waives certain E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, Rural Health Care, COVID-19 Telehealth, Lifeline, Affordable Connectivity Program, and High Cost rules and deadlines to assist participants and service providers located in the areas affected by Hurricane […]

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FCC Releases Hurricane Fiona Relief Order

On September 22, 2022, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order (DA 22-998) that waives certain E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, Rural Health Care, COVID-19 Telehealth, Lifeline, and Affordable Connectivity Program rules and deadlines to assist participants and service providers, including Universal Service Fund contributors, located in the areas […]

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Webinar: Avoiding Common Audit Findings

Please join USAC on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET to learn how to avoid common findings of High Cost beneficiary audits. In this session, USAC’s High Cost and Internal Audit staff will discuss common carrier errors discovered during beneficiary audits. Register Here

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FCC Extends Annual ETC Certification to Oct. 31

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended this year’s deadline for state utility commissions and carriers that self-certify to complete the annual certification of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) receiving High Cost support to October 31, 2022. The ETC annual certification, mandated under 47 CFR Section 54.314, requires state utility commissions to certify that carriers under […]

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HUBB Now Open to Additional RDOF Carriers

Carriers authorized to receive Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) support through the program’s first ten authorizations of funding by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may now submit and certify broadband deployment data in USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal. Carriers authorized for support in the ninth and tenth authorizations of RDOF funding – DA 22-523 […]

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USAC Releases CAF Map 5.0

USAC has released version 5.0 of the Connect America Fund Broadband Map (CAF Map), an interactive online map that shows the impact of the Connect America Fund (CAF) on broadband expansion to close the digital divide in rural America. The Connect America Fund – a centerpiece of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program – provides […]

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FCC Form 481 Due July 29, 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a deadline of July 29, 2022 for all eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs to file and certify FCC Form 481 with USAC. The commission published the new deadline in a public notice released on July 11, 2022 after the Office of […]

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HUBB Now Open to Additional RDOF Carriers

Carriers authorized to receive Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) support through the program’s first six authorizations of funding by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may now submit and certify broadband deployment data in USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal. RDOF carriers authorized for support in DA 21-1420, DA 21-1560, DA 22-38 and DA 22-151 can […]

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Webinar: Filing the FCC Form 481

All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs must file and certify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 481 on an annual basis. This form collects financial and operations information used to validate carrier support. It also includes a supply chain certification, which requires carriers to certify that no universal […]