Rural Health Care

Step 1 Eligibility

All vendors that provide services or equipment eligible for funding under the Pilot Program may submit bids for Pilot Program projects. To receive RHC Pilot project support, vendors also need to obtain a 498 ID (formerly known as SPIN) from USAC and a Federal Communications Commission Registration Number from the FCC's Commission Registration System (CORES). Vendors must file for electronic transfer payments in order to get paid.

Obtaining a 498 ID from USAC

To obtain a new 498 ID, a service provider must complete the Service Provider and Billed Entity Identification Number and General Contact Information Form (FCC Form 498) and submit it to USAC for review and approval. USAC strongly encourages online filing of this form in order to more quickly process requests.

First-time service providers can file the FCC Form 498 using USAC's E-File system, but you must send an original, officer signed copy to USAC the first time.

After the first filing, the Company Officer will be able to certify revisions online via the E-File system.

Please send the original, signed form to:
Universal Service Administrative Co.
Billing and Disbursement
Attn: FCC Form 498
700 12th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

For any questions about completing this form, contact USAC:
Phone: (888) 641-8722
Fax: (888) 637-6226

Obtaining an FCCRN from the FCC

If you wish to conduct business with the FCC, you must first register through the FCC's Commission Registration System (CORES). Upon registration, you will be assigned an FCC Registration Number. This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC.

Providing Pilot Program Eligible Costs

All telecommunications providers, Internet service providers, and other vendors may receive up to 85 percent of eligible Pilot Program costs. Network design firms and various types of construction companies may also participate. Project participants may choose to self-provision for these services and/or equipment in that they may do their own design work and/or network deployment, subject to the FCC's competitive bidding requirements. This program will refer to all of these entities collectively as vendors.

Eligible Pilot Program costs include, but are not limited to:

  • the non-recurring costs for design, engineering, materials, and construction of fiber facilities and other broadband infrastructure;
  • the non-recurring costs of engineering, furnishing (i.e., as delivered from the manufacturer), and installing network equipment;
  • the recurring and non-recurring costs of operating and maintaining the constructed network once the network is operational; and
  • carrier-provided transmission services and the costs for subscribing to such facilities and services.

All vendors that supply these services or equipment may submit bids for Pilot Program projects. Vendors interested in submitting bids should familiarize themselves with the FCC's 2007 Rural Health Care (RHC) Pilot Program Selection Order, which details the Pilot Program network components eligible and ineligible for support.