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USAC's News Archive gives you access to all announcements related to contributors as they were made throughout the years. The archives will be updated as new announcements are made.


4/9/2018E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance on Monday, April 9, 2018

E-File will be unavailable from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM EDT on Monday, April 9, 2018, due to system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4/6/2018Contributor March Invoice Payments Due 4/13/2018

Contributors paying their March 2018 invoices are reminded that the payment is due to USAC on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Please refer to the instructions at the bottom of your invoice to submit payments.

There are no changes to payment procedures for this month’s payment.


3/31/20182017 USAC Annual Report Now Available

USAC's 2017 Annual Report details operations, activities, and accomplishments for the prior year, including information about participation in each of the universal service programs and administrative action intended to ensure program integrity.

3/20/2018March 2018 Contributor Invoice Summary Now Available Online

The March 2018 invoice summary for contributors is now online and available for filers to view in eFile.  

Watch this quick video to learn how to access your online invoice summary.

3/12/2018FCC Announces 2nd Quarter 2018 Contribution Factor Derease to 18.4 Percent

The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 18-234 ) announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the second quarter (April - June) of 2018 will be 0.184, or 18.4 percent.

3/7/20182018 FCC Form 499-A Now Available in E-File

The 2018 FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is now available in E-File, USAC's online filing system. The form is due Monday, April 2, 2018.

FCC rules require all providers of telecommunications, including universal service fund de minimis exempt companies, to file 2018 FCC Form 499-A to report revenue data for the period of January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

Visit our What and How to File page to learn more or view the FCC Form 499-A online user guide .

2/28/2018USAC Website Outage for Scheduled Maintenance on Friday, March 2

USAC’s website ( will be unavailable due to scheduled website maintenance on Friday, March 2 from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET. During this outage, the entire site will be converted to Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).          

After the deployment, users will notice that all web pages are preceded by “HTTPS” in their URLs. Existing bookmarks to non-HTTPS addresses will continue to work but will automatically be redirected to the HTTPS address.        

Please note, some USAC applications may not be available during the outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.        

Why are we making this change?

HTTPS protects the integrity of the website by preventing intruders from tampering with communications between the website and users. It guards both visitors and websites by encrypting and securing the information being sent and received while improving performance through faster load times.      


If you have any questions about this, please contact us at


2/21/2018E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance on Thursday, February 22, 2018

E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET on Thursday February 22, 2018, due to system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

1/26/2018Register now for 2018 FCC Form 499-A Training Webinars

USAC invites all providers of telecommunications services (including de minimis filers) to join us for webinars about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet.

The FCC Form 499-A is due April 2, 2018, and must be submitted through E-File, USAC's online portal.