USAC Funding News

Greetings CTN Members, we received notification from USAC last week informing us that there will be no additional funding for fiscal year 2016 through the Healthcare Connect Fund. USAC fears they have reached or exceeded the $400 annual cap for fiscal year 2016, therefore halting any more requests.  

Previously CTN was able to add new sites and services throughout the year; with this new change we will have opportunity to do so only during an open filing window. This change affects all new sites being added to the network as well as bandwidth upgrades.  (Previously requested funding is not affected by this change.)

For those wishing to upgrade and/or add new sites to the network, CTN will need to begin the process within the next few weeks in order for us to have all forms filed timely. 

The new opportunity for CTN to request funds (Form 462) is March 1 – June 30, 2017.  Once the request is approved by USAC, the subsidy would be effective July 1, 2017.  Sites can always be added and upgraded to the network, however it may go unsubsidized until funding becomes available.

This is a great time to look at subsidizing network diversity, upgrades, and new circuits. Randy Reznik, CTN’s Network Manager, is a great resource and can assist in network design and system optimization if needed. 

We know this is a change in operations for you as well and we are here to assist. We will provide more information as we receive it from USAC, as well as reaching out to everyone to see if you have any further questions.    

 

Best,

Tracy Hines, Director of Broadband Services

Randy Reznik, Network Manager