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MiCTA Universal Service Fund Information

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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.   

E-Rate Update

On July 11, 2014 the FCC passed the “Report and Order 14-99 Modernizing the E-Rate Program.”  This “Order” makes sweeping changes to the E-Rate Program by removing or phasing out many of the previously funded “operational” services in order to focus more of the Program’s resources on broadband connectivity to the majority of schools and libraries in the country which is reflects President Obama’s “Connect Ed” proclamation.  The Order also adds 1 billion dollars, for at least the next two years, to on premise network distribution equipment with a focus on “Fixed Wireless” (Wi-Fi) internet access.

Healthcare Connect Fund

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 is pleased that in the Order the Commission agreed with MiCTA and is allowing our Healthcare members to use MiCTA MSAs awarded through the E-Rate 470 process and by-pass the HCF 461 bid process.

Healthcare Connect Fund update

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.

 MiCTA’s Goals

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.

 

 

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
Process

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