Announcements

December 15, 2022
Webinar: Filing in the HUBB Portal

Carriers participating in Connect America Fund (CAF) programs with defined fixed broadband buildout obligations have until March 1, 2023, to file 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 2022 or certify that they have “no locations to upload.” Please join USAC at 1:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, for a webinar overview of the HUBB filing requirements and a walk through of the system. Register here.

December 15, 2022
Annual HUBB Filing Due March 1, 2023

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, 2023, to file 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 2022 or certify that they have “no locations to upload.” Read the full announcement.

December 13, 2022
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, high-speed Internet access to rural communities that might otherwise go unserved.  

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 Internet service. The latest version of the map contains updated information to reflect broadband deployment through September 2022.

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. The dataset that serves as the foundation for the map can be found here. Read the full announcement here.

October 4, 2022
FCC Releases Hurricane Ian Relief Order

On October 4, 2022, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order (DA 22-1063) that waives certain E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, Rural Health Care, COVID-19 Telehealth, Lifeline, Affordable Connectivity Program, and High Cost rules and deadlines to assist participants and service providers located in the areas affected by Hurricane Ian, which struck Florida on September 28, 2022 and the states of North Carolina and South Carolina on September 29, 2022. For detailed information, please refer to the Order.

September 22, 2022
FCC Releases Hurricane Fiona Relief Order

On September 22, 2022, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order (DA 22-998) that waives certain E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, Rural Health Care, COVID-19 Telehealth, Lifeline, and Affordable Connectivity Program rules and deadlines to assist participants and service providers, including Universal Service Fund contributors, located in the areas affected by Hurricane Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico on September 18, 2022. For detailed information, please refer to the Order.

September 14, 2022
Webinar: Avoiding Common Audit Findings

Please join USAC on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 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

September 14, 2022
FCC Extends Annual ETC Certification to Oct. 31

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended this year’s deadline for state utility commissions and carriers that self-certify to complete the annual certification of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) receiving High Cost support to October 31, 2022.

The ETC annual certification, mandated under 47 CFR Section 54.314, requires state utility commissions to certify that carriers under their jurisdiction are eligible to receive High Cost support in their states and used all support received in the proceeding calendar year only to provide, maintain and upgrade the facilities for which the support was intended and will do the same in the coming calendar year. Carriers that self-certify (ETCs not subject to state jurisdiction) must certify that they used all High Cost support received in the proceeding calendar year only to provide, maintain and upgrade the facilities for which the support was intended and will do the same in the coming calendar year.

The FCC has issued a limited waiver extending the annual ETC certification deadline from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 this year after extending the deadline for eligible telecommunications carriers to file and certify FCC Form 481 with USAC from July 1 to July 29 last summer. The commission extended the Form 481 filing deadline while it awaited Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval for the annual data collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Read the full announcement here.

September 7, 2022
HUBB Now Open to Additional RDOF Carriers

Carriers authorized to receive Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) support through the program’s first ten authorizations of funding by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may now submit and certify broadband deployment data in USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal.

Carriers authorized for support in the ninth and tenth authorizations of RDOF funding – DA 22-523 and DA 22-634 – can now submit their deployment information in the HUBB. The HUBB opened earlier this year to accept deployment data from carriers authorized to receive funding in first eight FCC notices releasing support for the program. Read the full announcement here.

All announcements can be found in the Announcements Archive.

Go to Archive