Alaska Plan

Recognizing the individualized challenges faced by carriers serving Alaska, the Alaska Plan (AK Plan) provides support to rate-of-return carriers, and their wireless affiliates, to maintain, extend, and upgrade broadband service across the state.

The AK Plan gave carriers the option to receive a fixed amount of support over 10 years (2017-2026) for both fixed and mobile voice and broadband service in high-cost areas.

The FCC also authorized eight mobile carriers to receive support under the AK Plan to improve and maintain mobile service in remote areas of Alaska.

Some Alaskan carriers elected to receive A-CAM support instead.

Annual Filing Requirements

Carriers receiving Alaska Plan support must also complete the following filing and certification requirements each year.

  • March 1: Submit geolocated broadband deployment data showing where the carrier built out broadband by latitude and longitude in the previous calendar year. Submit Locations in the HUBB. USAC will conduct verification reviews to confirm deployment to a random sample of locations reported in the HUBB. (Please see the Alaska Plan verification review webinar recording and slides for more information about the verification review process). Carriers must notify the FCC and USAC, and relevant state, U.S. Territory or Tribal governments if applicable, within 10 business days after the applicable deadline if they have failed to meet a build-out milestone (see 47 CFR Section 54.320(d)).
    • By March 1, submit maps of middle-mile fiber and microwave networks used to support delivery of broadband service in eligible areas. Submit Network Maps
      • HUBB functionality will support a number of changes to the middle-mile filing process this year. Those include:
        • Mandatory use of a single administrative SAC (Admin SAC)
        • Updates to carrier-authorized users
        • Mandatory filing of full and complete network data with a unique ID for every node and link that must remain consistent from year to year
        • Use of new templates for node and link data with a new field for “data representing year” tied to network status
        • Requirement that all nodes be certified at once (individual nodes can no longer be certified)
        • Requirement that carriers upload a new file replacing a previous node or link file to correct any errors
  • Quarterly: Submit speed and latency pre-testing or test data from performance measures testing conducted at a random sample of locations with active subscribers reported in the HUBB. Submit speed and latency test data in the Performance Measures Module
  • July 1: Certify your data by filing FCC Form 481 (Carrier Data Annual Collection Form). File Online
  • July 1: Submit FCC Form 507
  • October 1: Certify that the carrier has used High Cost funding correctly per program rules. Most carriers are certified by their states. If not subject to state jurisdiction, the carrier must file directly with USAC and the FCC. Learn more.

Related Orders

Alaska Plan Order (FCC 16-115) – Adopts an integrated plan to address both fixed and mobile voice and broadband service in high-cost areas of the state of Alaska

Public Notice (DA 16-1425) – Authorizes support for 13 rate-of-return Alaskan carriers

Public Notice (DA 16-1419) – Approves performance plans of eight wireless providers

Public Notice (DA 17-865) – Provides instructions for filing middle-mile network maps

Order (DA 18-197) – Provides the original instructions in the appendix, as modified in response to a Petition for Reconsideration

Order (DA 18-666) – Extends middle-mile filing deadline and provides guidance on reporting of “community anchor institutions”

Order (DA 21-1394) – Extends the filing deadline for covered Alaska Plan mobile-provider participants to submit drive-test data pursuant to section 54.321(a) of the Commission’s rules from March 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022.

Public Notice (DA 21-1642) – Announces Performance Obligations For Rate-Of-Return Alaska Plan Recipients After the Midterm Review

Public Notice (DA 22-618) – Announces HUBB Deadline for Alaska Plan Carriers Adak, ASTAC, MTA