March 16, 2020
USAC Remains Open for Business – DC Office Closed
At USAC, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. USAC remains fully operational.
The USAC offices in Washington, DC are closed. All USAC staff will work remotely and can be reached at their USAC email and telephone numbers.
While the way we work has changed, USAC will conduct the regular and ongoing work administering the Universal Service Fund. This includes processing and reviewing program applications, collecting contributions, disbursing payments, and implementing program guidance from the FCC.
All USAC customer support centers remain open. Please be patient if you experience longer than usual wait times with our customer service teams as circumstances continue to change.
To submit program documents to USAC, please use your normal submission channels or email HCQuestions@usac.org.
If you send other documents to USAC via mail or overnight delivery, you must also email a PDF copy to Outreach@usac.org.
USAC continues to monitor developments and will implement additional precautions if necessary. This is an evolving situation, and we will keep you informed of any changes as they arise.
February 12, 2020
The HUBB is Down
UPDATE: All HUBB issues have been resolved. Please retry your activity and contact USAC if you are still experiencing any issues.
Please be aware that the High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal was down earlier today. We were experiencing issues with the HUBB due to the high volumes of transactions.
January 29, 2020
FCC Establishes Uniform Filing Deadlines for CAF Phase II Support Recipients
On January 27, 2020, the FCC released an Order (DA 20-108) that aligns program deadlines related to deployment and reporting obligations for Connect America Fund Phase II auction support recipients. It establishes uniform deadlines for all recipients of CAF Phase II auction funding to reduce confusion and ensure continued compliance with these obligations and requirements.
January 15, 2020
January Systems Maintenance
Each month, the Infrastructure Operations team conducts maintenance on infrastructure services.
January maintenance will begin at 9 PM on Friday, January 17th , and end by 10 AM on January 18th. During this time, users may be unable to access any of the USAC systems, including the HUBB.
January 14, 2020
FCC Announces Deadline for CAF BLS Carriers to Report Pre-Existing Locations
On January 13, 2020, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 20-57) setting a deadline of March 1, 2021 for carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) that were previously exempt from HUBB reporting obligations to report pre-2019 broadband deployment with the HUBB. Starting this year, all CAF BLS carriers are now subject to HUBB reporting obligations and have until March 2, 2020 to report broadband deployment completed in 2019. This includes CAF BLS carriers that were previously exempt from HUBB reporting obligations because they had already built out broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream/1 Mbps upstream (10/1 Mbps) to at least 80 percent of their study area. These carriers have until March 1, 2021 to report pre-2019 broadband deployment at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream (25/3 Mbps) completed since May 25, 2016.
December 17, 2019
Holiday Hours of Operation
USAC’s customer service team will be available during the following hours:
December 23 – Open regular hours
December 24 – Closed
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Open regular hours
December 27 – Open regular hours
December 30 – Open regular hours
December 31 – Open with shortened hours from 9AM ET – 6PM ET
January 1, 2020 – Closed
Normal operations will resume on January 2, 2020
December 13, 2019
December Systems Maintenance
Each month, the Infrastructure Operations team conducts maintenance on infrastructure services. December maintenance will begin at 9 PM on Friday, December 13th , and end by 10 AM on December 14th. During this time, users may be unable to access any of the USAC systems, including the HUBB.
November 18, 2019
New HUBB Edit and Delete Functionality Now Available
USAC has implemented new functionality in the High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal to let carriers edit, delete and replace certain broadband deployment data already certified in the system on a bulk basis.
Carriers can now make bulk modifications to the following information in the HUBB:
- Address, city, state and zip code
- Speed tier
- Number of units
- Carrier ID
- Month and day of deployment
- Latitude and longitude coordinates if the change would move a location by a distance of 36 feet or less
Carriers could previously edit address, city and state, speed tier and number of units for individual records only.
Carriers can also now delete certified deployment records out of the HUBB and upload new locations on a bulk basis. Carriers must supply a reason for all deletions.
Please note that if a carrier needs to change a deployment year, or edit latitude and longitude coordinates in order to move a location by more than 36 feet, the carrier must delete the existing location(s) out of the HUBB and upload replacement location(s). Any changes to a deployment year of a certified deployment record are subject to FCC approval.
Also note that while carriers can currently certify new data uploaded to the HUBB to replace records that have been deleted, they cannot yet certify modified data uploaded to the system. USAC will send a notification when that certification functionality becomes available. In the meantime, carriers can upload edited records for later certification.
Information on using the new bulk modifications and deletions functionality can be found on the HUBB resources page.
October 31, 2019
Mixed Merger Information and Requirements
Carriers must notify USAC within 30 days of a merger closing when a company receiving a fixed level of High Cost support (e.g. model-based support) acquires or is acquired by an average schedule company or a company receiving support based on its costs.
On May 11, 2018, the FCC released an order (FCC 18-62 ) approving the purchase of carrier receiving model-based support by a carrier receiving legacy support. This type of transaction is known as a “mixed merger.” FCC approval was subject to a condition now known as the “Hargray condition,” which caps the operating expense of the carriers of the combined entity that receive cost-based support. The purpose of this condition is to prevent potential cost shifting.
This condition has been applied to subsequent mixed mergers and requires carriers to:
- Notify USAC of the merger within 30 days of the merger closing date.
- Submit the latest audited financial statements to USAC, including all notes and consolidating statements, by December 31, annually, for seven years following the merger. This submission should also include a certification that the carrier has complied with the “Hargray condition”.
Carriers should send these submissions to USAC at email@example.com.
The condition “sunsets” if any of the cost-based carriers involved in the mixed merger become fixed-support carriers at any point during the seven-year period.
For questions please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 641 – 8722 and ask for High Cost Operations.