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Step 3: Obtain a SAC

A Study Area Code (SAC) is a unique number that USAC assigns to eligible telecommunication carriers (ETCs) that uniquely identifies that company based on its service area. Companies must have at least one SAC per state in which they operate, but can have more than one SAC within a state if they have more than one service area.

SAC Requests

SAC requests should include:

  1. A completed SAC Request Form,
  2. The ETC’s designation order,
  3. Terms and conditions of Lifeline Program service, including service plans, and
  4. The compliance plan (if applicable).

All service providers previously designated to provide wireline service that subsequently are designated to provide wireless service must request a separate SAC.

To submit the completed SAC request or for more information about SAC requests, email HC Orders.