Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) & Universal Service Funding Information

Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) is a term used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to identify any company eligible to receive federal universal service funding from the high-cost program and / or Lifeline program. A company must apply for ETC status on a state-specific basis by demonstrating the company meets qualifying criteria and will comply with program requirements. The following links provide forms and information regarding ETC applications and filings, Lifeline and Disabled program enrollment and universal service fund support amounts. 

ETC Application

New ETC Status - This link provides application requirements in order to be granted ETC status by the Missouri Public Service Commission for Federal USF, and Missouri USF if requested, funding.

Missouri USF

Request for MoUSF Support - This form is to be used to subsequently request Missouri USF funding for lifeline or both lifeline and disabled program purposes. This request would be applicable to carriers currently designated as an ETC in Missouri solely for federal funding that now wish to participate in the Missouri USF program for lifeline or both lifeline and disabled program purposes.

Request for MoUSF Support Solely for Disabled Program - This form is to be used to request Missouri USF funding solely for disabled program purposes. Note: ETC designation is not required to participate in the Missouri USF solely for disabled program purposes.

Missouri USF Monthly Support Amounts

Disabled program: $24.00 per subscriber

Lifeline program: (depends on type of service provided to the subscriber):

  • Voice-only service or voice service bundled with a non-qualifying broadband service = $18.75 (effective December 1, 2020)
  • Voice service bundled with a qualifying broadband service = $14.75

Notes about Missouri USF support amounts:

The total amount of MoUSF support and federal support shall not exceed the total of the company's local service rate plus subscriber line charge.

Missouri USF support increased from $16.75 to $18.75 effective December 1, 2020. 

Missouri USF support is not offered for a broadband-only service.

Qalifying broadband service refers to a broadband speed specified by the FCC or meets the exception identified in FCC rule 54.408(d). The minimum broadband speed is 25 Mbps (down)/ 3 Mbps (up) as of December 1, 2020.

Relevant orders from Case No. TO-2019-0346: Order Increasing Monthly Support Rate  Clarification Order Order Increasing Monthly Support Rate Clarification Order Order Continuing Suspension of Assessment Rate and Increasing Monthly Support Rate

Enrollment Forms for Lifeline and Disabled Program

Disabled Program Enrollment Form

Lifeline Enrollment Form - Per FCC Public Notice DA 18-161, effective July, 1, 2018, all Lifeline service providers are required to use the FCCs universal Lifeline enrollment form.
Lifeline Program Household Worksheet
More information on the universal forms can be found on USAC's website.

Effective March 5, 2019 lifeline service providers in Missouri must use the National Verifier to check the eligibility of all Lifeline applicants before enrolling them in the program. More information about the National Verifier can be found on USAC's National Verifier Page.


Reporting and Filing Obligations

ETC Annual Filing (Form 481 & Officer's Certificate) - Must be filed by all companies who have obtained ETC status from the PSC, including wireless ETCs by July 1.  Officer's Certificate / Instructions

Annual verification of a Lifeline subscriber’s continued eligibility (Form 555) - Must be filed by all companies who have obtained ETC status from the PSC, including wireless ETCs by January 31. Instructions
More information on Form 555 can be found on USAC’s website.

Other ETC Filings - If an ETC has any type of filing that does not pertain to Form 481 or Form 555, then the filing should be submitted as an ETC Informational Filing following these instructions.

Company Contacts - All ETCs must ensure company contact information with the PSC is current. View EFIS (Electronic Filing and Information System) for Company Contacts


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