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12/18/2017FCC Announces 1st Quarter 2018 Contribution Factor Increase to 19.5 Percent

The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-1203) announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter (January-March) of 2018 will be 0.195, or 19.5 percent.

10/26/2017498/499 Spotlight Newsletter 4Q2017 Issued

The Fourth Quarter 2017 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is now available. The 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is designed to provide important, up-to-date information about the FCC Form 498 and FCC Form 499 including news, deadlines, and filing best practices for service providers. 

To sign up to receive the 498/499 Spotlight newsletter via email, visit the subscription center.

10/9/2017FCC Releases Hurricane Relief Order

On October 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order to assist Universal Service Fund (USF) participants who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The order waives certain rules and deadlines for E-rate, Rural Health Care (RHC), and Lifeline and USF contributors located in affected areas.

You can find more information here

9/29/2017** New Feature! ** View Issue Emails Online

USAC analysts routinely will review submitted FCC Forms 499 to ensure that revenues are reported accurately.  On occasion, they have questions regarding revenues reported on these forms.  Issue emails will be sent, and the Form 499 status will be changed to ‘Issue-Carrier Response Required’.           

E-File users can now view all issue emails sent from E-File, online.

In the past, users only had the option of searching through their emails to find these issue notifications.  With this new feature, E-file users can now find the emails by using this search feature in E-File.

View this quick video to learn more about this new feature!

9/29/2017** New Feature! ** Online Invoice Viewing

USAC recently added the feature allowing Contributors to view an online invoice summary online.

View the following quick video to learn how to access this new feature.