Alternative Connect America Cost Model II

Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company

Program Type:

Subsidy

Eligible Geography:

Nationwide

Summary:

The Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) provides funding to rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elected to transition to a new cost model for calculating High Cost support in exchange for meeting defined broadband build-out obligations.

Ongoing.

Eligible Recipients:

Internet Service Provider

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Rate of Return Carrier; Internet Service Provider

Eligible Purpose:

Last Mile Connectivity

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Carriers must offer at least one commercial voice and one commercial broadband service that meet the relevant service requirements, and must meet the following broadband deployment milestones:

-40% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 4 (2022)
-50% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 5 (2023)
-60% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 6 (2024)
-70% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 7 (2025)
-80% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 8 (2026)
-90% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 9 (2027)
-100% of deployments at 25/3 Mbps service by the end of Year 10 (2028)

Note/Additional Resources:

See Revised ACAM -https://www.usac.org/high-cost/funds/revised-acam/