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MiCTA Universal Service Fund Information


On this page of the MiCTA Web Site both Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) and Health Care Connect Fund (HCF) eligible members will be provided current information on the two MiCTA National programs via links listed below.  MiCTA has supported its Universal Service Fund (USF) E-Rate members for many years by providing competitive “best practices” conducted RFP Telecommunications programs, on-going information, and training related to the USF E-Rate funding process.  In 2013 the FCC released a new “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) for the E-Rate program and it is expected that more positive changes to the program will be instituted by the Commission over the coming years.

After many “change in rules/eligible services” filing requests with the FCC, MiCTA was pleased with the Commission’s passage of Order 12-150 on December 12, 2012, creating the Healthcare Connect Fund under the existing RHC Telecommunications Program.  This new “Broadband” driven program seeks to enhance the capability of Rural HCPs to deliver a higher level of quality health care through the funding of “Advanced Broadband” services and stimulation of “HCP Consortiums” allowing “Non-Rural” HCPs to participate for the first time adding expertise to the diagnostic and treatment process.

 MiCTA’s Goal

MiCTA continues to support the 470 bid process (E-Rate) and now, the new 461 bid process (Health Care Connect Fund) allowing you, our eligible members, more time to concentrate on filing you Request for Service” form 471 (E-Rate) or “Request for Service” form 462 (Healthcare Connect Fund). by taking advantage of the results of the new MSA’s (Master Service Agreements) MiCTA is providing to our membership that impact both programs.  In working closely with FCC and USAC officials, MiCTA is attempting to both create uniformity wherever possible in process and procedural rules, as well as technically advance “Eligible Services” for both programs.

Healthcare Connect Fund

On March 1, 2014 the initial 462 “Funding Request” application process opened.  One of the positive outcomes of this new program is the FCC form 462 and supporting documentation may be filed through the end of the funding year which will end on June 30, 2015.  This extended 462 filing process provides the opportunity for qualified applicants to still receive funding within the annual July 1 to June 30 funding cycle on a “first come first severed” basis as long as annual funding is still available.


   Gary Green - MiCTA Consultant for USF E-Rate/Healthcare Connect Fund


USF E-Rate Program


USF Healthcare Connect Fund
MiCTA National E-Rate Program Healthcare Connect Fund Overview
FCC E-Rate Moderization Fact Sheet

Consortia 101

MiCTA 2013 470 P1

MiCTA 2013 470 P2


My Portal Demonstration for Applicants
MiCTA Position Paper - LOTG Obtaining FCC Registration Number

FCC-Form-460 (Form 460 Instructions) ,

FCC-Form-462 (Form 462 Instructions) ,

FCC-Form-463 (Form 463 Instructions)

471-E-Rate Form (Instructions)


HCF My Portal Demonstration for Service Providers


President Obama's ConnectED Iniative

HCF Bulletins

Audits & Assessments FCC to Expand Acess to Broadband Healthcare Networks
Appeals Procedure FCC 12-150(WC02-60) - FCC.gov - Presentation
E-Rate Weekly Updates FCC Rural Healthcare Support Mechanism Filing WC02-60 - FCC.gov
Universal Service Fund History In Reference to the FCC's Public Notice DA 12-1166
USAC's School Training & Outreach FCC Rural Healthcare Letter - Process
USF-Priority 2 Overview of E-Rate FCC/MiCTA Waiver - RHC Program Rules Request
SLD Training Reminder RHC Circuit 3rd Quarter 2013
  RHC Circuit 1st Quarter 2014

RHC Circuit 2nd Quarter 2014
  RHC Special Edition
  Chages to RHC Program Contact Information