Announcements

February 14, 2024
Annual HUBB Filing Due March 1, 2024

The annual HUBB filing deadline is rapidly approaching. Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund (CAF) programs that subsidize fixed broadband have until March 1, 2024, to file and certify deployment data with USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal showing where they built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service with CAF support in calendar year 2023 or certify that they have “no locations to upload.”

Carriers with 2023 deployment milestones must also complete additional milestone certifications as part of the annual HUBB filing – including separate milestone certifications for separate deployment obligations by speed tier. And all carriers must complete a new annual certification in the HUBB between Jan. 1, 2024, and March 1, 2024, to confirm that their filing activity for 2023 is complete. This new annual certification functionality is now live in the HUBB for all funds, including CAF BLS. See details below. Read the full announcement here.

January 26, 2024
USAC Updates CAF Map

USAC has released an updated version of the Connect America Fund Broadband Map – CAF Map – an interactive online map that shows the impact of the Connect America Fund (CAF) on broadband expansion to close the digital divide in rural America. The Connect America Fund – a centerpiece of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program – provides funding to telecommunications carriers to bring advanced communications networks and reliable, affordable high-speed Internet access to rural communities that might otherwise go unserved by the private sector.  

First launched in 2018, the CAF Map displays the geographic locations – by latitude and longitude – where carriers that receive CAF support have built out mass-market, high-speed fixed Internet service. The latest version of the map contains updated information to reflect all fixed broadband deployment reported to USAC as of Sept. 30, 2023.

The CAF Map is a key source of information about CAF-supported broadband deployment for consumers, researchers and policy makers at the federal, state and local levels. Read the full announcement here.

January 16, 2024
Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management Plans due by Feb. 12 for Enhanced ACAM Carriers

Carriers participating in the new Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Enhanced ACAM) program have until Feb. 12, 2024, to file and certify their required cybersecurity and supply chain risk management plans with USAC.

In a notice released on Jan. 11, 2024, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it has received the necessary Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval for the data collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and set a filing deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET on Mon., Feb. 12, 2024. Now that the FCC has received PRA approval, Enhanced ACAM carriers may submit and certify their cybersecurity and supply chain risk management plans through USAC’s E-File/Okta One Portal. Read the full announcement here.

December 18, 2023
Annual HUBB Filing Due March 1, 2024

The annual HUBB filing deadline is coming up soon. Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund (CAF) programs with defined fixed broadband buildout obligations have until March 1, 2024, to file and certify deployment data with USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal showing where they built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service in calendar year 2023 or certify that they have “no locations to upload.”

With Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modernization of the Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program through the Connect America Fund, USAC closely monitors compliance with broadband build-out obligations to ensure that carriers receiving CAF support are deploying broadband as mandated to close the digital divide in rural America.

Carriers participating in funds with defined fixed build-out obligations – requiring them to provide voice and broadband service with minimum speeds to a set number of locations in eligible areas over a clear timeline, with interim and final milestone deadlines – must file and certify deployment data with the HUBB on an annual basis. This includes information on where carriers are offering mass-market, high-speed Internet service using CAF support, including latitude and longitude coordinates, minimum speeds and date of deployment for every location where service is available. Read the full announcement here.

December 18, 2023
Webinar: Filing in the HUBB Portal

Please join USAC at 2:30 p.m. EST on Tues., Jan. 23, 2024, for a webinar overview of the HUBB filing requirements and a walk through of the system. Register Here

December 12, 2023
FCC Provides Guidance On State, Tribal EngagementTo Determine Eligibility of Locations for BEAD Funding

The FCC has released a public notice providing guidance to carriers that receive Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost support on engagement and coordination with state broadband offices and Tribal governments to determine eligibility of locations for broadband network funding under the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program and generally avoid duplicative federal broadband funding for the same locations.

The BEAD program, a $42.45 billion program being administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will invest in network infrastructure and broadband deployment across the U.S. The program will prioritize connecting unserved locations that currently have no Internet access or broadband with speeds slower than 25 megabits per second downstream and 3 megabits per second upstream (25/3 Mbps), and underserved locations that currently have broadband with speeds slower than 100 megabits per second downstream and 20 megabits per second upstream (100/20 Mbps)

Read the full announcement here.

November 10, 2023
Filing System Now Open for Enhanced ACAM Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management Plans

Carriers participating in the new Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (Enhanced ACAM) program may now submit their cybersecurity and supply chain risk management plans to USAC through the E-File/Okta One Portal. USAC will inform Enhanced ACAM carriers when they can certify their submissions, which will occur after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receives Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval for the data collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The FCC requires Enhanced ACAM carriers to implement operational cybersecurity and supply chain risk management plans by Jan. 1, 2024, which is the start of the support term for the new fund, and to file and certify these plans with USAC by Jan. 2, 2024, or within 30 days of receiving PRA approval, whichever is later. USAC will withhold 25 percent of monthly support from any carrier that fails to submit and certify its plans by the deadline until the carrier comes into compliance with the mandate. (See FCC DA 23 60).

Read the full announcement here.

September 14, 2023
Webinar: Avoiding Common Audit Findings

Please join USAC on Thursday, October 26th from 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET to learn how to avoid common findings of High Cost beneficiary audits. In this session, USAC’s High Cost and Internal Audit staff will discuss common carrier errors discovered during beneficiary audits. Register Here

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