High Cost Program - Connect America Fund



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Universal Service for High Cost Areas - 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.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, opportunity requirements, and related program information can be found by selecting the fund type on the program website.

Past applicant webinars and training videos
Applicant frequently asked questions


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