On this page of the MiCTA Web Site both Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) and Health Care Connect Fund (HCF) eligible members will be provided current information on the two MiCTA National programs via links listed below.  MiCTA has supported its Universal Service Fund (USF) E-Rate members nationally for many years by providing competitive “best practices” conducted RFP Telecommunications programs, on-going information, and training related to the USF E-Rate funding process which it expanded to its Healthcare members through its MiCTA National Healthcare Connect Fund Program beginning in 2014. 

E-Rate Update

On July 11 and December 19, 2014 the FCC passed two Orders that created sweeping changes to the E-Rate Program. One Order added 1 billion dollars, budgeted per student, for the next 5 years (and possibly longer) to on premise network distribution equipment with a focus on “Fixed Wireless” (Wi-Fi) internet access.  In July of 2015, USAC deployed the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC), an online Portal, directing that it would now be the tool for processing all E-Rate filings, processes and procedures.  In July, 2019 the FCC released NPRM 19-58 in which the FCC proposed to make certain Category Two services permanent. With the adoption of the 2020 Eligible Services List on December 9, 2019, the Commission listed “managed broadband services, caching, and basic maintenance of internal connections as permanent and available to all eligible applicants.    



Healthcare Connect Fund

After many filings with the FCC from 2000 to 2010 recommending a more comprehensive program, MiCTA was pleased with the Commission’s passage of Order 12-150 on December 12, 2012, creating the Healthcare Connect Fund under the existing RHC Telecommunications Program.  This new “Broadband” driven program seeks to enhance the capability of Rural HCPs to deliver a higher level of quality health care through the funding of “Advanced Broadband” services and stimulation of “HCP Consortiums” allowing “Non-Rural” Hospitals to participate for the first time adding expertise to the diagnostic, treatment and administrative process of rural HCP’s.

Healthcare Connect Fund update

Due to over subscription of the 2017 Funding CAP the FCC increased in 2018 CAP to $573 million with an annual COL factor and “roll forward” of surplus funds to the next funding cycle.  They also ordered the increase to apply to all 2017 approved applicants. The FCC announced that total demand for the 2019 funding years was $719.48 million once again exceeding the cap however roll-over funds were able to fill the gap so all eligible funding requests for 2019 will be fully funded.  On June 30th the Wireline Competition Bureau rolled forward $197.98 million in unused funds from prior years to satisfy the funding year demand for FY2020.  USAC has announced that the filing dates for 2021 will be from January 4th until April 1st, 2021.  

 MiCTA’s Goal

In working closely with FCC and USAC officials, MiCTA is attempting to both create uniformity wherever possible in process and procedural rules between the USF E-Rate and HCF Programs, as well as technically advance their “Eligible Services.”



USF E-Rate Program


USF Healthcare Connect Fund
MiCTA National E-Rate Program MiCTA National Healthcare Connect Fund Program
FCC E-Rate Moderization Fact Sheet

Healthcare Connect Fund Overview


MiCTA 2018 TISA E-Rate 470

MiCTA DSSA 2015 470

HCF Funding Commitments as of 1/31/2016

Consortia 101

MiCTA Position Paper - LOTG

My Portal Demonstration for Applicants

  HCF Training
E-Rate Training

Obtaining FCC Registration Number

NPI Search Tool

E-Rate Application Process

FCC-Form-460 (Form 460 Instructions) ,

FCC-Form-462 (Form 462 Instructions) ,

FCC-Form-463 (Form 463 Instructions)

Universal Service Fund History


HCF My Portal Demonstration for Service Providers


FCC Modernization Order 2

HCF Bulletins

FCC E-rate Reform Order FCC to Expand Acess to Broadband Healthcare Networks
  FCC 12-150(WC02-60) - FCC.gov Presentation
  FCC Rural Healthcare Support Mechanism Filing WC02-60 - FCC.gov
  In Reference to the FCC's Public Notice DA 12-1166
  FCC Rural Healthcare Letter - Process
  FCC/MiCTA Waiver - RHC Program Rules Request
  RHC Circuit 3rd Quarter 2013
  RHC Circuit 1st Quarter 2014
  RHC Circuit 2nd Quarter 2014
  RHC Circuit 3rd Quarter 2014
  RHC Circuit 4th Quarter 2014
  RHC Circuit 1st Quarter 2015
  RHC Circuit 2nd Quarter 2015
  RHC Circuit 3rd Quarter 2015
  RHC Circuit 4th Quarter 2015
  RHC Circuit 1st Quarter 2016
  RHC Circuit 2nd Quarter 2016
  RHC Circuit 3rd Quarter 2016
  RHC Circuit 4th Quarter 2016
  RHC Special Edition
  Changes to RHC Program Contact Information
  Current RHC/HCF Funding Commitments 2014 -2015
  Rural Health Care Vendor Announcement
  RHC Critical Deadlines Approaching 2016
  RHC Circuit 1st Quarter 2017
  RHC FY2016 Update
  RHC Program News for November 2017
  RHC Newsletter for December 2017
  RHC Program News for January 2018
  RHC Program News for May 2018
  RHC Program FY2018 Funding Request Filing Window Closes Friday, June 29
  FCC RHC Funding Cap Order 2018
  RHC Program News for July 2018

RHC Program News for September 2018


RHC Program News for October 2018


RHC Program News for December 2018

  RHC News for January 2019
  RHC Program for February 2019
  RHC Program News for March 2019
  RHC Program News for April 2019


RHC Program News for June 2019

RHC Program News for July 2019

  RHC Program News for September 2019
  RHC Program News for October 2019
  RHC Program News for November 2019
  RHC Program News for December 2019
  RHC Program News for January 2020
  RHC News FY2020 Funding
  RHC News for April 2020
  RHC News for May 2020
  RHC News for July 2020
  RHC News for August 2020
  RHC News for October 2020
  RHC News for November 2020
  RHC News for December 2020
  RHC News for January 2021
  RHC News for February 2021
  RHC News for March 2021