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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

PQA Requests for Information Are Going Out

The 2021 Payment Quality Assurance (PQA) assessment program is underway. PQA is a program that assesses High Cost Program payments made to carriers during the past 12 months to verify whether the payments were properly made – in other words, that all program rules were followed correctly...

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USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as...

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USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as...

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USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as...

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Annual 54.314 ETC Certification Due Thursday, Oct. 1

State utility commissions must certify all carriers under their jurisdiction that receive High Cost support, including carriers...

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