Universal Service Administrative Company

Lifeline Program 2020 Program Evaluation

The key findings of this report reflect the need to establish a clearer connection between Federal Communications Commission policy and how Universal Service Administrative Company operationalizes this policy through an FCC-directed Lifeline program strategic plan. Currently no such document exists. This prescriptive document will significantly contribute to the resolution of many of the findings. Broadly, findings, observations, and recommendations span two main categories:

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Report November 30, 2021

Information regarding the households participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, including types of services received, support amounts claimed, and demographic details such as geographic locations and Tribal status. 48.53% of program participants qualified because they also participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 39.7% Medicaid, 20% National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, 11.5% because they demonstrated a household income below 135% of the Federal Poverty level.

USAC Releases CAF Map 4.0

USAC has released version 4.0 of the Connect America Fund Broadband Map (CAF Map), an interactive online map that shows the impact of the Connect America Fund (CAF) on broadband expansion to close the digital divide in rural America.

FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program USAC Service Provider Election Process Now Open

Beginning March 11, 2021, broadband service providers can submit election notices to Universal Service Administrative Company to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

National Verifier Year in Review

In 2020, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reached exciting milestones with the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier). With the full launch of California on December 18, 2020, all 56 states and territories have fully launched in the National Verifier.

Rural Health Care Program Filing Window Opens

January 4, 2021 is the first day applicants can submit Health care Fund and Telecom Program funding requests (FCC Forms 462 and 466) for FY2021. The filing window period for FY2021 is January 4 – April 1, 2021. This means that you must submit your funding requests (FCC Forms 462 or 466) as early as January 4 and no later than 11:59 p.m. ET April 1, 2021 to be considered to receive funding for FY2021. USAC highly encourages you to submit your application forms as early as possible in the filing window.

Universal Service Administrative Company Wants to Automate Verification Process

The Univeral Service Administrative Company (USAC) is seeking to gather information from US-based companies that have an established record of accomplishment of cost-effectively automating manual, repetitive, and rule-based processes using Robotic Process Automations (RPAs). This Request for Information (RFI) describes the information being requested and provides instructions on how to respond. Proposals are due no later than Aug 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET.

Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Quarterly Contribution Base for the Third Quarter 2020

The total projected collected interstate and international end-user revenue base to be used in determining the contribution factor for the Universal Service support mechanisms for the third quarter of 2020 is $10,219,123,520. This amount was derived using the projected collected revenue reported on the Federal Communications Commission Form 499-Q submissions. Interstate telecommunications service providers were required to complete this form reporting July to September 2020 projected collected revenue information and return it by May 1, 2020.