High Cost Program - Connect America Fund
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Ensures consumers in rural, insular, and high-cost areas have access to modern communications networks capable of providing voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, at rates that are reasonably comparable to those in urban areas.
Amount of Funding
Project periods, funding amounts, project dates, and requirements vary by fund type. Details for each fund type can be found on the program website.
Who Can Apply
Telecommunication carriers providing service in FCC-designated unserved or underserved rural communities are eligible to apply. Use the Connect America Fund Broadband Map to determine eligible areas.
What This Program Funds
Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, opportunity requirements, and related program information can be found by selecting the fund type on the program website.
For questions related to FCC Universal Service
programs and policy:
Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
To contact the High Cost Program, submit questions or concerns through the online contact form.
Topics This Program Addresses
Infrastructure • Teleservices and Technology