Funding guide

FCC - High Cost Program (including Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund)

Broadband Funding Guide

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Agency Overview

The Federal Communications Commission 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 commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation, and technological innovation.

Program Name

High Cost Program (including Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund)

Program Website

Program Overview

The federal universal service high-cost program (also known as the Connect America Fund) 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: Eligible Telecommunications Carriers

Agency Contact

Telecommunications Access Policy Division
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
(202) 418-7400

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount