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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 they have built out broadband by latitude and longitude in the previous calendar year. Submit locations in the HUBB.
    • 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
  • 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 you have used High Cost funding correctly per program rules. Most carriers are certified by their states, but if your company is not subject to state jurisdiction, you must file yourself. 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”