COVID-19 Update: USAC remains open for business. Learn more about USF program responses.

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.


FCC Identifies Areas Eligible for Support

The FCC determines that an area is underserved.


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.


Service Providers Use Funding to Build Out Networks

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


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.


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.







AK Plan




Close close-icon

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.


Certain Customer Support Centers Closed – Oct. 11

In observance of the federal holiday, the customer support centers for E-rate, High Cost, Rural Health Care, Contributors, and Service Providers will be closed Monday, October 11, 2021. The Lifeline, Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, and Emergency Connectivity Fund customer support centers will remain open during normal operating...

Read More
Webinar: Avoiding Common Audit Findings

Please join USAC on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 3:30 PM ET to 4:30 PM ET to learn how to...

Read More
Connect America Fund (CAF) Brought Broadband To More than 5.5M Locations, HUBB Dashboard Shows

The Connect America Fund (CAF) had made high-speed Internet access available to more than 5.5 million residential...

Read More
Existing High Cost Disbursement Search Tool to be Retired on July 17

USAC will be retiring the existing High Cost disbursement search tool on July 17 following the recent...

Read More
USAC Releases CAF Map 4.0

USAC has released version 4.0 of the Connect America Fund Broadband Map (CAF Map), an interactive...

Read More