Rules & Orders


High Cost Program Rules. 47 C.F.R. Sections 54.302-320 are the rules governing the federal universal service fund for this program.


Rate-of-Return Reform Order. Established the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM), which gives carriers a set amount of monthly support over a 10-year term to deploy broadband at speeds of up to 25 Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream (25/3 Mbps). The order required carriers to decide whether to elect ACAM support or remain with a modified version of the legacy support mechanisms, Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) and High Cost Loop (HCL) Support.

Rate-of-Return Reform Order. Made a revised ACAM offer to carriers that had previously elected ACAM support, offering them additional funding to meet expanded broadband deployment obligations. This order also established a new ACAM II fund open to carriers that had remained on CAF BLS support, and adopted a new budget and new broadband deployment obligations for carriers that opt to remain with CAF BLS.