An Introduction to USFBroadband.com

Although the USAC site contains a plethora of useful information, it lacks user-friendly data formats, interactivity and effective data visualizations!  Being data savvy individuals, we decided to take on the challenge of visualizing the USF data found on the USAC

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The Universal Service Fund

VIEW VISUAL In 2010, the Universal Service Fund (USF) provided communities with close to $8 billion in telecommunications funding.  Since 1999, the fund has distributed $71.7 billion dollars.  The importance of USF in providing crucial communications services in high cost

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High Cost

VIEW DASHBOARD The largest of the four USF programs, the High Cost program ensures that costs of telecommunication services remain affordable for customers in areas that otherwise would necessitate high service fees.  The funding provided by the High Cost program

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Low Income

VIEW DASHBOARD The Low Income support program provides basic discounts that make telecommunications service affordable for consumers in low-income areas.  This program is broken into two parts: Link-Up America (which assists customers with broadband installation) and Lifeline Assistance (which provides

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Rural Health Care

VIEW DASHBOARD Carriers in the Rural Health Care program receive subsidies for providing discounted rates for telecommunications and internet services to rural health care providers.  This program presents doctors and patients in rural areas with affordable access to communicate with

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Schools and Libraries

VIEW DASHBOARD The Schools & Libraries Universal Service Fund – also referred to as E-Rate – provides support to carriers who provide affordable telecommunication and internet services to eligible schools, districts and libraries. Rural and low-income schools generally receive the

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