June 17, 2022
Certain USAC Customer Service Centers Closed – Monday, June 20, 2022
In observance of Juneteenth, the customer service centers for E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund, High Cost, Rural Health Care, Contributors, and Service Providers will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022.
The Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program customer service centers will remain open during normal operating hours.
April 19, 2022
HUBB Now Open to Additional RDOF Carriers
Carriers authorized to receive Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) support through the program’s first six 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.
RDOF carriers authorized for support in DA 21-1420, DA 21-1560, DA 22-38 and DA 22-151 can now submit their deployment information in the HUBB. While RDOF carriers have until March 1, 2023 to file and certify data with the HUBB showing where they have built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service since July 1, 2019, USAC encourages carriers to begin the filing process early. (Please note that carriers that have no locations to report must still log into the HUBB and certify “no locations to upload” by March 1, 2023.)
April 19, 2022
Webinar: Filing the FCC Form 481
All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs must file and certify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 481 on an annual basis. This form collects financial and operations information used to validate carrier support. It also includes a supply chain certification, which requires carriers to certify that no universal service support is being used to purchase equipment or services from any company designated by the FCC as a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain.
Please join USAC for a webinar at 2 PM ET on May 17, 2022 to learn more about the annual Form 481 filing process. Register here.
April 19, 2022
FCC Form 481 System Now Open
All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs may now access the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 481 through the USAC E-file/Okta One Portal and begin the annual Form 481 filing process.
The FCC has issued a limited waiver of the July 1 deadline for ETCs to file and certify this form, which collects financial and operations information used to validate carrier support, while it awaits Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval for the annual data collection by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The FCC will announce new filing deadline in a subsequent public notice, but USAC encourages carriers to begin the filing process.
Please note that carriers will not be able to certify the Form 481 filing until the form and instructions receive PRA approval. The certify button and bulk certify options will be disabled until PRA approval is granted. USAC will notify users when the certify buttons are active.