January 23, 2022

E-Rate: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Releases 2017 Annual Report

UPDATED April 6, 2018 Key Data Points Omitted in Report (via Funds For Learning
Peter Kaplan from Funds For Learning provides a list of some data points available in previously released USAC Annual Reports but not included in the 2017 edition.


From the Executive Summary Section of the 2017 Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Annual Report:

2018-04-05_09-28-33In the 2017 Funding Year, the four Universal Service Programs increased the public’s access to broadband internet and telecommunications services. During 2017, 127,558 Schools and Libraries and 9,318 Rural Health Care Providers received discounts on their internet service bills allowing students, staff, and patients an opportunity for equal access to education and world class health care.

During 2017, 89% of Zip Codes in the United States had at least one service provider offering wireline or wireless service to low income families — enabling their ability to access emergency services and participation in modern society by providing a platform for which to interact with the world and climb the ladder of economic opportunity.

Finally, 1,421 service providers received High Cost support to expand rural broadband deployment by building out critical infrastructure to continue reducing the digital desert area in the United States.

From the E-Rate Section:

In calendar year 2017, E-rate provided funding to more than 104,722 schools and 11,475 libraries throughout the United States and its territories.

Direct to Full Text Report
14 pages; PDF.

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