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RESOLVED - The E-rate, High Cost, and Rural Health Care telephone lines are currently unavailable. This outage affects the following numbers:
We are working on the issue and will provide an update once the issue is resolved. In the meantime, please submit any questions using the EPC ticketing system for E-rate and via email for High Cost and Rural Health Care. Thank you for your patience.
Incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) receiving High Cost support must file their annual rate floor data with USAC by July 2, 2018. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require carriers to report all residential rates in their service areas that fall below a minimum amount called the "rate floor," along with the number of lines served at those rates. The rate floor is currently set at $18.
Carriers must submit rates that met this criteria as June 1, 2018 by Monday, July 2, 2018. Carriers should use the rate floor data collection report and certification form on the High Cost Forms page and submit it via email to USAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Carriers must also file this information with the FCC, relevant state commissions and U.S. Territory or Tribal governments as appropriate.
USAC’s website (www.USAC.org) 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 www.USAC.org 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 Outreach@usac.org.