Rural Broadband Experiments

Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company

Program Type:

Subsidy

Eligible Geography:

Nationwide

Summary:

This program provides funding for experiments in price-cap areas to bring robust, scalable broadband networks to residential and small business locations in rural communities.

These targeted experiments help learn more about the impact of technology transitions on rural America. In addition to furthering the Commission’s goal to gain experience and data on how to ensure universal access as networks transition, this experiment is designed to help inform the policy decisions in various proceedings pending before the Commission.

Eligible Recipients:

Internet Service Provider

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Internet Service Providers

Eligible Purpose:

Last Mile Connectivity; Middle Mile Connectivity

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Entities that receive RBE support are subject to build out requirements, which must be submitted to USAC and the FCC by the end of the third and fifth years of receiving disbursements showing that the carrier has met required service obligations.

By the end of the third year, carriers must offer the required level of service to at least 85% of the number of required locations. They must also submit the required certifications and evidence to USAC and the FCC.
By the end of the fifth year, carriers must offer the required level of service to 100% of the number of required locations, and submit the required certifications and evidence to USAC and the FCC.

Funding Match/Terms:

NA