High Cost

Rules & Orders


High Cost Program Rules. 47 C.F.R. Sections 54.302-320 are the rules governing the federal universal service fund for this program.


Rate-of-Return Reform Order. On March 30, 2016, the FCC released this order mandating broadband build-out for small, rural carriers. Carriers must choose to participate in the new Alternative Cost America Model (A-CAM) by November 1, 2016, or to remain in a reformed, legacy support mechanism.