Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) 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 filings, and Lifeline and Disabled program enrollment. 

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

Enrollment forms:
Lifeline program 
Lifeline Enrollment Form Per FCC Public Notice DA 18-161, by 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.

Disabled program
Sample Disabled Program Enrollment Form




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