Funding Agency

FCC - High Cost Program


Funding Agency

Federal Communications Commission


Federal Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Agency Overview

The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the FCC is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation, and technological innovation.

Program Name

FCC - High Cost Program


Program Overview

The federal universal service high-cost program is designed to ensure that 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. The program fulfills this universal service goal by allowing eligible carriers who serve these areas to recover some of their costs from the federal Universal Service Fund.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g., construction)
Eligible Recipients
  • Other

FY2020 Funding Amount

$4,500,000,000

Additional Information

https://www.usac.org/high-cost/
https://www.fcc.gov/general/connect-america-fund-caf

Brief Program Description

The federal universal service high-cost program is designed to ensure that 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.

Agency
  • Federal Communications Commission

Funding Name FCC - High Cost Program

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