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MiCTA Universal Service Fund Information



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) members will be provided current information on the two programs via links listed below.  The MiCTA Board and its diverse membership have supported its USF members for many years by providing competitive “best practices” conducted RFP Telecommunications programs, on-going information, and training related to the USF funding process.



MiCTA’s Goal


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


In recent years the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and legal staff have worked diligently to reform both the E-Rate and Rural Health Care (RHC) funding Programs.  In 2010, the E-Rate funding program was overhauled by the FCC creating new process procedures with the introduction of less cumbersome Forms 470 and 471, eliminated the need for technology plans for Priority 1 Telecommunication/Internet Services, and strengthened procedural rules.  These changes have had a major impact on the increased level of participation in the E-Rate Program.


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.  


On March 1, 2014 the initial 462 “Funding Request” application process opened and closes May 30, 2014.  However, the FCC form 462 and supporting documentation may also 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 annual July 1 to June 30 funding cycle.




   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
MiCTA Position Paper - LOTG Consortia 101
Process My Portal Demonstration for Applicants
  FCC-Form-460 , FCC-Form-462 , FCC-Form-463
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 Special Edition