FCC Announces 2022 Funding Caps for E-Rate and RHC Universal Service Programs

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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has issued a Public Notice announcing new, inflation-adjusted funding caps for two Universal Service Fund (USF) programs for their 2022 funding years (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).  The maximum amount of funding available for the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Program (E-Rate) will be $4,456,460,992, and the maximum amount of funding available for the Rural Health Care (RHC) programs will be $637,721,108.  Both figures represent increases of 4.2% over the 2021 funding caps.  Neither program has experienced funding requests exceeding (or even approaching) the capped levels in recent years.

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