Announcements

March 1, 2024
2024 FCC Form 499-A Now Available in E-File

The 2024 FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is now available in E-File, USAC’s online filing system. The due date for filing the form is Monday, April 1, 2024. FCC rules require all telecommunications service providers to file the FCC Form 499-A to report historical revenue data for your company. The 2024 FCC Form 499-A should be used to report revenue data for the period of January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023. Be aware that all de minimis filers ARE required to file the FCC Form 499-A, reporting calendar year 2023 revenues regardless of the amount. Please note that failure to file this Form by the due date of April 1, 2024 will result in a late filing fee (minimum of $100/month.) For questions specific to the FCC Form 499-A, please email Form499@usac.org.  If you have general questions or need assistance with E-File, contact USAC Customer Service Center (CSC) at (888) 641-8722 or CustomerSupport@usac.org.

February 14, 2024
Service Provider Payment System Unavailable 2/24/24

Service providers will not be able to make payments using E-File on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET due to maintenance on the Pay.gov system. We apologize for any inconvenience.

February 5, 2024
USAC One Portal Maintenance – February 9

USAC will perform system updates on One Portal on Friday, February 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

During this time all applications within One Portal will be inaccessible, including E-File, the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC), the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD), Rural Health Care’s My Portal and RHC Connect, the High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal, and several additional smaller-usage applications. The National Verifier WILL NOT be affected during this system update.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

December 15, 2023
FCC Announces 1Q 2024 Contribution Factor 34.6%

The FCC released a Public Notice, DA 23-1156, announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2024 (January – March) will be .346 or 34.6 percent.

October 25, 2023
Service Provider Payment System Unavailable November 4, 2023

Service providers will not be able to make payments using E-File on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET due to maintenance on the Pay.gov system. We apologize for any inconvenience.

October 11, 2023
de minimis Notification Enhancement Now Available

On October 2, 2023 USAC launched the FCC Form 499-Q de minimis notification enhancement.  This enhancement allows E-File users to select their de minimis status within E-File, replacing the requirement to email USAC for notification of status.  To learn more about the enhancement, watch the October 5 recording on our Webinars page.

September 21, 2023
de minimis Notification Enhancement Launches October 2, 2023

USAC is launching an FCC Form 499-Q de minimis notification enhancement on Monday, October 2, 2023. This enhancement will allow E-File users to select their de minimis status within E-File, replacing the requirement to email USAC for notification of status.

USAC’s Contributor Operations team is hosting webinars on Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5, to show you how it works.

Use the links below to sign up for either session:

  • October 4, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET – Register
  • October 5, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET – Register

Both sessions will be held virtually and contain identical presentations. After the presentation, the speaker will answer questions about the new feature.

September 18, 2023
FCC Announces 4Q 2023 Contribution Factor 34.5%

The FCC released a Public Notice, DA 23-843, announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2023 (October – December) will be .345 or 34.5 percent.

September 6, 2023
Service Provider Payment System Unavailable September 16, 2023

Service providers will not be able to make payments using E-File on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET due to maintenance on the Pay.gov system. We apologize for any inconvenience.

September 5, 2023
Hurricane Idalia Response

On September 1, 2023, the FCC released Order DA 23-805, waiving certain Affordable Connectivity Program, Emergency Connectivity Fund, E-Rate, High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Universal Service Fund contributors rules and deadlines to assist program participants and providers located in areas affected by Hurricane Idalia. To learn more, see Order DA 23-805.

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