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How It Works

Eligible service providers receive funding through 11 active funds. Each fund provides support to build out infrastructure or provide service to communities that currently receive little or no communication services.

Eligible Telecommunications Carriers

State regulatory commissions or, in some cases, the FCC designate qualifying wireline and wireless carriers as Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) to provide service in remote and underserved areas.

Eligible Areas

The FCC determines that an area is underserved.

The Process

These steps will help you navigate the process to get funding.

1

FCC Identifies Areas Eligible for Support

The FCC determines that an area is underserved.

2

Service Providers Accept Offers or Submit Bids

Eligible service providers accept an offer, or submit a bid, to build out network infrastructure and provide service.

3

Service Providers Use Funding to Build Out Networks

Participating companies receive funding from USAC and deploy network infrastructure and provide service.

4

Service Providers Report Progress on Deployment

Service providers report regular progress on broadband deployment showing where they are building out mass-market, high-speed internet service.

5

USAC Monitors Compliance with Build-Out Obligations

USAC systems automatically validate data that service providers submit. USAC also conducts a review to verify that service providers are building out broadband networks as intended.

Note: The process for legacy programs may vary.

Fund Distributions This Year

The High Cost program's funding is distributed through nine active funds. Navigate through each fund to find out more about their impact.

CACM

CAF BLS

ACAM

FHCS

CAF ICC

HCL

AK Plan

RBE

SVS

Other

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Explore the Data

Total Support Disbursements

Find out how the program distributes funding across the U.S.

Broadband Deployments

Find out where service providers are using High Cost funds to build out broadband networks.

As part of USAC’s open data strategy, anyone can freely use, re-use, and redistribute our data. To find out more and to see all of USAC’s available data, visit USAC Open Data.

Announcements

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.

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Webinar: Filing the FCC Form 481

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FCC Form 481 System Now Open

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SAM.gov Transition to UEI

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