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FCC Form 462 Instructions

Rural Health Care Universal Service
Healthcare Connect Fund
Funding Request Form
I.
PURPOSE OF FORM......................................................................................................... 2
II.
FILING REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ............................................. 2
A. When to File .................................................................................................................... 2
B. Where to File................................................................................................................... 2
C.
Next Steps ................................................................................................................... 2
D.
For More Information ................................................................................................... 3
III.
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FORM 462 ..................................................... 3
A. Block 1: General Information .......................................................................................... 3
B. Block 2: Competitive Bidding Information ....................................................................... 4
C.
Block 3: Vendor Information........................................................................................ 5
D.
Block 4: Type of Funding Request .............................................................................. 5
E. Block 5: Single Service Request for Funding.................................................................. 5
F. Block 6: Multi-Service and Consortium Requests for Funding ........................................ 8
G.
Network Cost Worksheet (NCW).................................................................................. 8
H.
Block 7: Additional Documentation.............................................................................12
I.
Block 8: Request for Confidentiality ...............................................................................12
J.
Block 9: Certifications ....................................................................................................13
IV.
REMINDERS..................................................................................................................14
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I. PURPOSE OF FORM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 462 is the funding commitment request
under the Healthcare Connect Fund (Fund). After FCC Form 461 is posted and the competitive
bidding process is completed, applicants must file Form 462 to request a funding commitment
for the selected eligible services, network equipment, and/or facilities. The Form 462 provides
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) with information necessary to evaluate an
applicant’s funding request.
Applicants must file all forms with USAC, not the FCC. See Where to File below for more
information.
All applicants are encouraged to review the FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund Order, FCC 12-
150, available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-150A1.pdf">http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-150A1.pdf, and the
FCC’s rules at 47 C.F.R. § 54.600 et seq., available at http://www.ecfr.gov/">http://www.ecfr.gov.

II. FILING REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

A. When to File

All applicants seeking a funding commitment must submit a Form 461 and complete the
competitive bidding process prior to submitting a Form 462, except where covered by a
competitive bidding exemption. After completing the required competitive bidding process,
applicants should submit the Form 462 as soon as possible and in any event no later than the
end of the funding year (June 30). Any applicant who submits a Form 462 after the last day of
the funding year (June 30) will be denied funding for that funding year (July 1-June 30).
USAC will process and prioritize requests for funding on a rolling basis (according to the date of
receipt) until the program funding cap established by the FCC is reached. In addition, the
USAC will specify a filing window period that treats all applicants filing within the window as if
their Form 462 application were simultaneously received. Submitting a Form 462 during the
filing window is not a guarantee of support; support is provided only for services in accordance
with program rules and regulations. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.675.

B. Where to File

Applicants must submit all forms electronically through USAC’s RHC My Portal website at
https://forms.universalservice.org/usaclogin/login.asp" title="https://forms.universalservice.org/usaclogin/login.asp">https://forms.universalservice.org/usaclogin/login.asp. Instructions on how to file electronically
http://www.usac.org/rhc">are also found at USAC’s RHC website at www.usac.org/rhc.
Do not file this or any other forms for the RHC program with the FCC.

C. Next Steps

Within 21 calendar days of the receipt of a complete Form 462 (including all required supporting
documentation and responsive information), USAC will notify the applicant in writing of: (1) any
and all ministerial or clerical errors that it identifies in the funding commitment request, along
with an explanation of how the applicant can remedy the errors; (2) any missing information;
and (3) any other deficiencies that USAC finds, including any ineligible network components, or
ineligible network components that are mislabeled in the funding request. If USAC needs
additional time to complete its initial review, USAC will inform the applicant and provide the
applicant with a date on or before which USAC plans to complete the initial review.
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For purposes of meeting the Form 462 filing deadline (i.e., June 30), the applicant will have 14
calendar days from the date of receipt of the USAC written notice to amend or re-file its Form
462 for the sole purpose of correcting the errors identified by USAC. If the filing deadline has
passed and the applicant fails to correct the identified errors by amending or re-filing its Form
462 within the 14-day period, USAC will deny the funding request.
For prioritization purposes, funding requests are deemed to have been filed when the applicant
submits an application that is complete and without errors or deficiencies.
Upon completion of the review process, USAC will issue a funding commitment letter that
details the requested expenses for which funding is committed. The funding commitment letter
will also indicate if the contract has been deemed evergreen, and whether a multi-year
commitment has been issued. To the extent the funding request does not comply with program
rules and requirements, USAC will deny funding in whole, or in part, as appropriate. If the
funding request is denied in full, USAC will issue a denial letter.

D. For More Information

Contact the RHC Help Desk at 1.800.453.1546 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday
through Friday or at rhc-assist@usac.org.

III. SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FORM 462

A. Block 1: General Information

Line 1:

Enter the funding year for which funding is requested. For a multi-year funding request,
enter the first funding year for which funding is requested. A funding year run from July 1 to
June 30 (thus, funding year 2014 begins on July 1, 2014).

Line 2:

If modifying a previously submitted funding request (Form 462), enter the Funding
Request Number (FRN). USAC assigns each Form 462 a unique FRN after the form is
completed and submitted. For a new Form 462, leave this line blank.

Note

: An applicant may modify a previously submitted Form 462 prior to USAC’s issuance of a
funding commitment letter, but will be considered, for priority purposes, to have filed the Form
462 as of the date when the modified Form 462 (i.e., complete and without error or deficiency) is
submitted to USAC.

Line 3:

Enter the HCP Number for the Consortium (or, HCP, if applying individually) that is
requesting funding. The HCP Number was issued by USAC when the applicant completed its
Form 460.

Line 4:

The Consortium or HCP Name associated with the above HCP Number. This field will
be automatically populated. If the name is incorrect, submit an updated Form 460 to make any
necessary corrections.

Reminder

: Applicants must ensure all associated Form 460s are up to date and submit any
required updates within 30 days of a material change. Examples of a material change include
(1) a change in a site’s name, site location, contact information or eligible entity type, (2) for
non-rural hospitals, an increase to 400 or more licensed patient beds, or (3) a change in any
factor that would affect a cost allocation and/or fair share calculation. If in doubt, the applicant
should contact USAC for additional guidance.
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B. Block 2: Competitive Bidding Information

Line 5:

Select the Form 461 associated with this application. Only one Form 461 may be
associated with each Form 462. If claiming a competitive bidding exemption for this Form 462,
select “N/A”.

Note

: If claiming a competitive bidding exemption for some expenses, but not for
others, the applicant must file a separate Form 462 for the expenses not covered by a
competitive bidding exemption.

Line 6:

The Allowable Contract Selection Date (ACSD) is the first day in which an applicant may
agree to or sign a contract with a vendor. This field is automatically populated based on the
Form 461 selected above. Applicants cannot file a Form 462 until the ACSD is reached. If
claiming a competitive bidding exemption, enter “N/A”.
Reminder: Unless covered by a competitive bidding exemption, an applicant must wait at least
until its ACSD before it agrees to or signs a contract with a vendor. An applicant may not agree
to or sign a contract with a vendor until after the ACSD, but may discuss requirements, rates,
and conditions with potential vendors prior to that date. Applicants who sign a service
agreement or contract before the ASCD are not eligible for funding.

Line 7:

Enter the number of vendors who bid on the request for services in response to the
Form 461. If claiming a competitive bidding exemption, enter “N/A”.

Line 8 (Only complete if claiming a competitive bidding exemption):

Select the competitive
bidding exemption that applies to the eligible expense(s) for which support is requested on this
Form 462. If the applicant has additional eligible expense(s) that qualify under a separate and
distinct competitive bidding exemption, the applicant must file a separate Form 462 to request
funding for those additional eligible expense(s). If the applicant has expenses that do not
qualify for any competitive bidding exemption, the applicant must file a separate Form 462 for
those expenses.
 Annual Undiscounted Cost of $10,000 or Less: Applicants seeking support for $10,000
or less of total undiscounted eligible expenses for a single year (i.e. up to $6,500 in
Fund support) are exempt from the competitive bidding requirements. The exemption
does not apply to multi-year contracts. Under this exemption, an applicant is restricted
to a total of $6,500 in annual Fund support for services that are not subject to another
exemption. Services supported through the Telecommunications Program are not
counted toward the $10,000 limit.
 Government Master Services Agreement (MSA): Applicants purchasing services and/or
network equipment from an MSA negotiated by federal, state, Tribal, or local
government entities on behalf of applicant HCPs and others are exempt from the
competitive bidding requirements, but only if such MSAs were awarded pursuant to
applicable federal, state or local competitive bidding requirements. This exemption only
applies to MSAs that were negotiated by, or under the direction of, government entities
and that were subject to government competitive bidding requirements (“Government
MSAs”). If applicant has previously submitted (and USAC has approved) this
Government MSA, select the Contract ID assigned by USAC and the “friendly name” will
be automatically populated. If applicant has not previously submitted this Government
MSA, leave the Contract ID blank, enter a “friendly name” for the Government MSA, and
submit (1) a copy of the Government MSA and (2) documentation that the MSA was
subject to government competitive bidding requirements (e.g., a copy of the RFP that
originated the Government MSA).
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 MSA Approved under the RHC Pilot Program or Healthcare Connect Fund: Applicants
purchasing services and/or equipment from MSAs (and extensions thereof) previously
approved by USAC under the RHC Pilot Program or through the Healthcare Connect
Fund (Pre-Approved MSA) are exempt from competitive bidding. The exemption is
limited to those MSAs that were developed and negotiated from an RFP or request for
services that specifically sought a mechanism to add additional sites to the network.
Select the applicable Contract ID. The “friendly name” will be automatically populated
for the Pre-Approved MSA ID selected.
 Evergreen Contracts: Applicants purchasing services from a contract designated by
USAC as “evergreen” are exempt from the competitive bidding process until the contract
expires. Select the applicable Contract ID. The “friendly name” will be automatically
populated for the contract ID selected.
 E-Rate Approved Contracts: Applicants who enter into consortia with E-rate participants
under 47 C.F.R. § 54.501(c)(1) and are purchasing services and/or equipment from a
master contract approved under the E-rate program are exempt from the competitive
bidding requirements. If applicant has previously submitted the E-Rate Approved
Contract, select the applicable Contract ID and the “friendly name” will be automatically
populated. If applicant has not previously submitted the E-Rate Approved Contract,
leave the Contract ID blank, enter a “friendly name” for the E-Rate Approved Contract,
and submit (1) a copy of the contract and (2) a copy of the E-rate program approval.

C. Block 3: Vendor Information

Line 9:

Enter the selected vendor’s Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN). If an
applicant is requesting support for eligible expenses from more than one vendor, the applicant
must submit a separate Form 462 for each vendor.
Vendors can obtain a SPIN by submitting the FCC Form 498 (Service Provider Identification
Number and General Contact Information Form). Vendors must complete this form and receive
a SPIN before USAC can authorize support payments. Applicants who do not know their
vendor’s SPIN should contact their selected vendor and obtain the vendor’s SPIN before
submitting their Form 462.

Line 10:

The Vendor name will be automatically populated based on the SPIN entered above.

D. Block 4: Type of Funding Request

Line 11:

Check the appropriate box to indicate whether this funding request is for a single
eligible expense for an individual HCP site; multiple eligible expenses for an individual HCP; or
a Consortium. If the request is for a single broadband connection for an individual HCP, the
applicant must complete Block 5. If the request is for multiple eligible expenses or for a
Consortium, the applicant must complete Block 6 and the Network Cost Worksheet (NCW).

E. Block 5: Single Service Request for Funding

Complete Block 5 if the funding request is for a single broadband connection for an individual
HCP site.
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Line 12:

Select the Category of Expense (e.g., Leased/Tariffed Facilities or Services) for which
funding is requested. For more information on expense categories, please visit
http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx">http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx.

Line 13:

Select the Expense Type (e.g., T-1, Ethernet) for which funding is requested. For
http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx">more information on expense types, please visit http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-
connect/default.aspx.

Line 14:

Enter the Bandwidth of the service selected in Line 13.

Line 14a:

Indicate whether the Bandwidth of the service listed in Line 13 is symmetrical. If it is
not, provide the upload and download bandwidths.

Line 15:

Enter the Circuit ID, if available. The Circuit ID is a vendor-specific identifier assigned
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_network">to the connection between two locations. The applicant should find the Circuit ID, if available,
on the Vendor invoice.

Line 16

: Enter the percentage of the expense that is eligible for support. If the entire expense
is eligible, enter “100%”. For example, a vendor may provide a bundle that includes both
broadband internet access service (eligible) and web-hosting (ineligible). Applicants seeking
support for a service that includes both eligible and ineligible components must explicitly ask in
their requests for services (Form 461) that vendors include pricing for a comparable service that
is made up of only eligible component(s). If the selected provider submits a price for the eligible
component(s) on a stand-alone basis, enter the percentage in this column that reflects the price
of the eligible component(s) on a stand-alone basis. If the selected provider does not provide
stand-alone pricing for the eligible component(s), the applicant must allocate the costs between
the eligible and ineligible components using a methodology that is based on objective and
reasonable criteria. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.639(d). Applicants must submit a written description of
any required cost allocation(s) in Block 7 below. See 47 C.F.R § 54.643(a)(5).

Line 17

: Enter the percentage of the usage that is eligible for support. If all of the usage is
eligible for support, enter “100%”. An applicant should use this column to indicate the portion of
a connection that is eligible for support, when a connection is used by both eligible and ineligible
sites. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.639(d)(1). In addition, if the applicant indicated on its Form 460 that
this site is a “part-time eligible entity,” this column should be used to indicate the portion of
usage that is eligible for support. An applicant must submit a written description of any required
cost allocation(s) in Block 7 below. See 47 C.F.R § 54.643(a)(5).

Line 18:

Enter the Billing Account Number (BAN), if available. The applicant typically can find
the BAN on the vendor’s bill. Contact the vendor with any questions regarding the appropriate
BAN to enter in this field.

Line 19:

USAC assigns each contract or service agreement a unique identifier. If the contract
was previously provided to USAC, select the applicable Contract ID. Based on the Contract ID
selected, Lines 19a-d will be automatically populated. If the applicant has not previously
provided the contract to USAC, leave the Contract ID blank, enter a “friendly name” for the
contract, and submit a copy of the contract.

Line 19a:

Enter the date the contract or service agreement with the vendor was signed.

Line 19b:

Enter the date broadband service is expected to start.
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Line 19c:

Enter the length of the initial contract term (that is, the length of the contract
excluding any voluntary renewals). If it is a month-to-month contract, enter “N/A.”

Line 19d

: If the contract includes voluntary options to extend the term of the contract, enter the
number of such voluntary options. If the contract does not include any voluntary options, enter
“N/A”.

Line 19e:

If the contract includes one or more voluntary options to extend the term of the
contract, enter the combined length of all the voluntary options. If the contract does not include
any voluntary options, enter “N/A”.

Line 20:

Enter the physical location where the circuit originates. If the circuit start location has
an HCP Number, enter the HCP number. If the location has not been assigned an HCP
Number, enter the physical address where the circuit begins.

Line 21:

Enter the physical location where the circuit terminates, if applicable. If the circuit end
location has an HCP Number, enter the HCP number. If the location has not been assigned an
HCP Number, enter the physical address where the circuit terminates.

Line 22:

Indicate whether applicant is seeking a multi-funding year commitment. Applicants
who are exempt from competitive bidding because they are seeking support for $10,000 or less
of annual undiscounted costs are not eligible for multi-year funding commitments.

Line 23:

Select the frequency of the expense for which support is sought. The applicant may
specify the Expense Frequency as monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual, etc.

Line 24:

Enter the Quantity of Expense Periods for which support is requested. If the Expense
Frequency (Line 23) is “monthly”, enter the number of months for which support is requested. If
the applicant has also requested a multi-year funding commitment, an applicant may request
support for up to 36 months. However, the multi-year funding commitment may not cover more
than three funding years and may not extend beyond the initial expiration date of the contract
(Line 19c). Based on Line 19b (Expected Broadband Start Date), Line 23 (Expense
Frequency), and Line 19c (Expiration Date of Initial Term), the number of expense periods will
be automatically limited to ensure the requested funding commitment does not exceed three
funding years.

Line 25:

Enter the Undiscounted Cost per Expense Period, including any applicable taxes or
surcharges. For example, if the applicant is requesting monthly support for a single connection
(e.g., a single T-1), enter the monthly undiscounted cost of the connection, including any
applicable taxes or surcharges.

Line 26:

Enter the source of the HCP’s 35 percent contribution. Only funds from eligible
sources may be applied toward the HCP’s required contribution. Eligible sources include
funding from the applicant or eligible HCP participants; state grants, funding, or appropriations;
federal funding, grants, loans, or appropriations except for other federal universal service
funding; Tribal government funding; and other grant funding including private grants. Any other
source is not an eligible source of funding towards the participant’s required contribution. See
47 C.F.R. § 54.633(b).

Line 27:

Enter any one-time installation charges, including any applicable taxes or surcharges.
Support is available for reasonable and customary installation charges for broadband services,
up to an undiscounted cost of $5,000 per HCP. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.634(d).
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Line 28:

Indicate whether the applicant’s contract with the vendor includes a Service Level
Agreement (SLA) applicable to the expense described in the line item. If “yes”, enter the
following broadband performance metrics, if available:

Line 28a

: Latency: Enter the latency (in milliseconds), as specified.

Line 28b

: Jitter is defined as the variation or difference in the end-to-end delay (latency)
between received packets of an IP or packet stream. Enter the maximum range (in
milliseconds) in end-to-end delay.

Line 28c

: Packet loss is defined as the percentage of packets that are dropped or discarded
before reaching their destination. Enter the maximum packet loss rate as a percentage.

Line 28d

: Reliability: Enter the guaranteed availability (as a percentage) of end-to-end network
functionality.

F. Block 6: Multi-Service and Consortium Requests for Funding

Complete Block 6 and the Network Cost Worksheet (NCW), if applicant is an individual HCP site
seeking funding for multiple eligible expenses or if applicant is a Consortium. Applicant will be
prompted for information regarding HCPs, contracts, quality of service, circuits, services
received, finances, and multi-year funding commitments. Specific details on information
requested from applicants in the NCW are listed below under Section G.

Line 29:

Total undiscounted cost for eligible recurring expenses is automatically calculated by
summing Column AH (Total Eligible Undiscounted Cost) for all line items on the NCW with an
Expense Frequency (Column AC) other than “one-time”.

Line 30:

Total undiscounted cost for eligible non-recurring expenses is automatically calculated
by summing Column AH (Total Eligible Undiscounted Cost) for all line items on the NCW with
an Expense Frequency (Column AC) equal to “one-time”.

G. Network Cost Worksheet (NCW)

Each eligible expense for which the applicant is requesting funding should be listed on a
separate row.
1. Site Information

Column A – HCP Number:

Enter the HCP Number for the site associated with the eligible
expense for which funding is requested. An applicant may enter the same HCP Number in
multiple lines.

Column B – Site Name:

The name of the site (automatically populated based on the HCP
number entered). If the name is incorrect, the applicant must file an updated Form 460 to
correct the error.
2. Contract Information

Column C – Contract ID:

USAC assigns each contract or service agreement a unique
identifier. If the contract was previously provided to USAC, select the applicable Contract ID.
Based on the Contract ID selected, Column D through Column H will be automatically
populated. If the applicant has not previously provided the contract to USAC, leave the Contract
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ID blank, enter the required information for Column D through Column H for the contract, and
submit a copy of the contract.

Column D – Contract Friendly Name:

Enter a friendly name for the contract that will enable
the applicant to recognize the contract in the future.

Column E – Date Contract Signed/Vendor Selected:

Enter the date the contract or service
agreement with the vendor was signed.

Column F – Length of Initial Contract Term:

Enter the date the initial term of the contract will
expire (that is, before any voluntary renewals). If it is a month-to-month contract, select “month-
to-month.”

Column G – Number of Contract Extensions:

If the contract includes voluntary options to
extend the term of the contract, enter the number of such voluntary options. If the contract does
not include any voluntary options, enter “N/A”.

Column H – Length of Optional Extension(s) Combined

: If the contract includes one or
more voluntary options to extend the term of the contract, enter the combined length of all the
voluntary options. If the contract does not include any voluntary options, enter “N/A”.
3. Eligible Expense Information (Cont’d

Column I – Billing Account Number:

Enter the Billing Account Number (BAN), if available.
The applicant typically can find the BAN on the vendor’s bill. Contact the vendor with any
questions regarding the appropriate BAN to enter in this field.

Column J – Category of Expense:

Select the Category of Expense (e.g., Leased/Tariffed
Facilities or Services, Network Equipment) for which the applicant is requesting funding. For
http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx">more information on expense categories, please visit http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-
connect/default.aspx.

Column K – Expense Type:

Select the Expense Type (e.g., T-1, Ethernet, network router) for
which applicant is requesting funding. For more information on expense types, please visit
http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx">http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/default.aspx.

Column L – Explanation of Eligible Expense:

Enter a brief explanation of the expense for
which support is requested, including the page number(s), section number(s), and/or paragraph
number(s) of the contract or service agreement where the eligible expense is described.

Column M – Symmetrical Bandwidth:

Indicate whether the bandwidth is symmetrical (i.e., the
upload and download speeds are equal). If bandwidth is not applicable for the line item, enter
“N/A”.

Column N – Upload Speed:

Enter the upload speed in megabits per second (Mbps).

Column O – Download Speed:

Enter the download speed in Mbps.

Column P – Expected Broadband Service Start Date/Shipping Date or Last Day of Work:

Enter the expected date (i) the broadband service will start, (ii) the network equipment will ship
to the customer, or (iii) the work will be completed, as applicable to the expense.
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4. Quality of Service Guarantees (if applicable and available)

Column Q – Service Level Agreement:

Indicate whether the applicant’s contract with the
vendor includes a Service Level Agreement (SLA) applicable to the expense described in the
line item. If “yes”, enter the following broadband performance metrics, if available:

Column R – Latency

: Enter the latency (in milliseconds), as specified.

Column S – Jitter

: Jitter is defined as the variation or difference in the end-to-end delay
(latency) between received packets of an IP or packet stream. Enter the maximum range (in
milliseconds) in end-to-end delay.

Column T - Packet Loss

: Enter the maximum rate (as a percentage) of packets that are
dropped or discarded before reaching their destination.

Column U – Reliability

: Enter the guaranteed availability (as a percentage) of end-to-end
network functionality.
5. Circuit Information (if applicable)

Column V – Circuit ID (if available):

Enter the circuit ID, if available. The circuit ID is a
vendor-specific identifier assigned to the network between two locations. The applicant should
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_network">find the Circuit ID, if available, on the Vendor invoice.

Column W – Circuit Start Location (if applicable):

Enter the physical location where the
circuit originates, if applicable. If the circuit start location has an HCP Number, enter the HCP
number. If the location has not been assigned an HCP Number, enter the physical address
where the circuit begins.

Column X – Circuit End Location (if applicable):

Enter the physical location where the circuit
terminates, if applicable. If the circuit end location has an HCP Number, enter the HCP number.
If the location has not been assigned an HCP Number, enter the physical address where the
circuit terminates.

Column Y – Total Number of Fiber Strands (if applicable):

Enter the total number of fiber
strands that are part of the fiber lease or similar agreement for this line item. Only complete this
field if the applicant is requesting support for a lease of dark or lit fiber under this line item. See
47 C.F.R. § 54.634(b)-(c).

Column Z – Number of Fiber Strands Eligible for Support (if applicable):

Enter the number
of fiber strands that are eligible for support. Only fiber strands that are activated and used (e.g.,
“lit”) are eligible for support. Only complete this field if the applicant is requesting support for a
lease of dark or lit fiber under this line item. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.634(b)-(c).
6. Financial Information

Column AA – Quantity of Items:

Enter the Quantity of Items applicant is requesting under this
line item. For example, if applicant is requesting two routers, enter “2” under Quantity of Items.
If applicant is requesting support for a single connection (e.g., circuit), enter “1” under Quantity
of Items.

Column AB – Multi-Year Funding Request:

Indicate whether applicant is seeking a multi-
funding year commitment for this line item.
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Column AC – Expense Frequency:

Select the frequency of the expense for which support is
sought. For example, the applicant may specify the Expense Frequency as one-time, monthly,
quarterly, semi-annual, annual, etc.

Column AD – Quantity of Expense Periods:

Enter the quantity of expense periods for which
support is requested. For example, if the Expense Frequency is “one-time”, enter “1”. If the
Expense Frequency is “monthly”, enter the number of months for which support is requested. If
the applicant has requested a multi-year funding commitment, an applicant may request support
for up to three funding years. The multi-year funding commitment may not exceed three funding
years and may not extend beyond the expiration date of the initial term of the contract. Based
on Column P (Expected Broadband Start Date), Column AC (Expense Frequency), and Column
F (Length of Initial Contract Term), the number of expense periods will be automatically limited
to ensure the requested funding commitment does not exceed three funding years.

Column AE – Undiscounted Cost per Item, per Expense Period:

Enter the undiscounted
cost for each item, per expense period, including any applicable taxes or surcharges. For
example, if the applicant is requesting monthly support for a single connection (e.g., a single T-
1) under this line item, enter the monthly undiscounted cost of the connection, including any
applicable taxes or surcharges. If the applicant is requesting support for the purchase of two
network routers under this line item, enter the one-time, non-recurring undiscounted cost per
network router.

Column AF – Percentage of Expense Eligible:

Enter the percentage of the expense that is
eligible for support. If the entire expense is eligible, enter “100%”. For example, a vendor may
provide a bundle that includes both broadband internet access service (eligible) and web-
hosting (ineligible). Applicants seeking support for such a service (or piece of equipment) that
includes both eligible and ineligible components must explicitly ask in their requests for services
(Form 461 or RFPs) that vendors include pricing for a comparable service (or piece of
equipment) that is made up of only one or more eligible components. If the selected provider
submits a price for the eligible component(s) on a stand-alone basis, enter the percentage in
this column that reflects the price of the eligible component(s) on a stand-alone basis. If the
selected provider does not provide stand-alone pricing for the eligible component(s), the
applicant must allocate the costs between the eligible and ineligible components using a
methodology that is based on objective and reasonable criteria. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.639(d).
Applicants must submit a written description of any required cost allocation(s) in Block 7 below.
See 47 C.F.R § 54.643(a)(5).

Column AG – Percentage of Usage Eligible:

Enter the percentage of the usage that is
eligible for support. If all of the usage is eligible, enter “100%”. An applicant should use this
column to indicate the eligible portion of a connection (or network equipment) that is used by
both eligible and ineligible sites. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.639(d)(1). In addition, if the applicant
indicated on its Form 460 that this site is a “part-time eligible entity,” this column should be used
to indicate the portion of usage that is eligible for support. An applicant must submit a written
description of any required cost allocation(s) in Block 7 below. See 47 C.F.R § 54.643(a)(5).

Column AH – Total Eligible Undiscounted Cost

: The Total Undiscounted Cost will be
calculated automatically by multiplying Column AA (Quantity of Items), by Column AD (Quantity
of Expense Periods), by Column AE (Undiscounted Cost per Item, per Expense Period), by
Column AF (Percentage of Expense Eligible), and by Column AG (Percentage of Usage
Eligible).
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Column AI – Source of HCP Contribution:

Enter the source of the HCP’s 35 percent
contribution. Only funds from eligible sources may be applied toward the HCP’s required
contribution. Eligible sources include: funds from the applicant or eligible HCP participants;
state grants, funding, or appropriations; federal funding, grants, loans, or appropriations except
for other federal universal service funding; Tribal government funding; and other grant funding
including private grants. Any other source is not an eligible source of funding towards the
participant’s required contribution.

H. Block 7: Additional Documentation

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Consortium and individual HCP applicants must submit the following documentation.
 Contracts or other documentation. See 47 C.F.R. §54.643(a)(3).
 Competitive bidding documents. See 47 C.F.R. §54.643(a)(4).
 Written descriptions of cost allocations (if applicable). See 47 C.F.R. § 54.643(a)(5).
Consortium applicants must also submit the following documentation. See 47 C.F.R.
§54.643(a)(6).
 Any revisions to the network plan submitted with the Form 461.
 A list of participating HCPs.
 Evidence of a viable source for the 35 percent contribution.
 Sustainability plans (for consortium applicants requesting support for long-term capital
expenses).
 Any revisions to sustainability plans previously submitted.
Letters of Agency (Consortium Applicants Only): If not previously submitted, the Consortium
Leader must include with this Form 462 the required letters of agency (LOAs) demonstrating
that the Consortium Leader is authorized to submit the funding request (Form 462) and manage
invoicing and payments (Form 463) on behalf of each HCP included in the NCW of this Form
462. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.632(a)(2).

I. Block 8: Request for Confidentiality

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Indicate whether applicant is requesting that commercial and financial information
submitted with the Form 462 and any associated Form 463 be treated as confidential. See 47
C.F.R. § 0.459(a)(4). By checking “Yes”, applicant is requesting nondisclosure only of the
following commercial and financial information: (i) Line 25 (Undiscounted Cost per Expense
Period), Line 27 (One-Time Installation Charges), Line 29 (Total Undiscounted Cost for Eligible
Recurring Expenses), and Line 30 (Total Undiscounted Cost for Eligible Non-Recurring
Expenses) of this Form 462; (ii) Column AE (Undiscounted Cost per Item, per Expense Period)
and Column AH (Total Eligible Undiscounted Cost) on the associated NCW; and (iii) Line 9
(Total Invoice Amount), Column L (Total Cost Invoiced (Undiscounted), Column O (Total Eligible
Actual Cost (Undiscounted)), and Column P (USF Support Amount to be Paid) of the associated
Form 463(s).
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In addition, by checking “Yes”, the requested non-disclosure will also include the following
supporting documents submitted with the Form 462: (i) contracts or other documentation, 47
C.F.R. §54.643(a)(3); (ii) competitive bidding documents, 47 C.F.R. §54.643(a)(4); and (iii)
written descriptions of cost allocations, 47 C.F.R § 54.643(a)(5).
Requesting confidential treatment of the above commercial and financial information does not
guarantee non-disclosure. All decisions regarding disclosure of company-specific information
will be made by the FCC. See 47 C.F.R. § 0.459.
If the applicant would like to request non-disclosure and confidential treatment of information
beyond what is set forth above, the applicant may file a formal request for confidential treatment
of that additional information pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 0.459.

J. Block 9: Certifications

Applicant is required to provide certifications in lines 33-40 in order to receive Healthcare
Connect Fund support. For individual HCP applicants, certifications must be signed by an
officer or director of the HCP or other authorized employee of the HCP. For consortia
applicants, an officer, director, or other authorized employee of the Consortium Leader must
sign the required certification. See 47 C.F.R. § 54.649.
A third-party (e.g., consultant) is prohibited from certifying, signing, or submitting the Form 462,
unless USAC receives, prior to the submission of the form, a written, dated, and signed
authorization from the relevant officer, director, or other authorized employee stating that the
individual HCP or Consortium Leader accepts all potential liability from any errors, omissions, or
misrepresentations on the forms and/or documents being submitted by the third party. If not
previously provided to USAC, submit any such required letter of authorization to USAC and
obtain USAC approval before signing and submitting this form.

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Certifies that applicant’s representative is authorized to submit the request on behalf
of the consortium or HCP.

Line 34:

Certifies that the information provided in the Form 462 is true and correct.

Line 35:

Certifies that applicant has considered all bids received and has selected the most
cost-effective method of providing the services. The most cost-effective method is defined as
“the method that costs the least after consideration of the features, quality of transmission,
reliability, and other factors that the health care provider deems relevant to choosing a method
of providing the required health care services.” See 47 C.F.R. § 54.642(c).

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Certifies that applicant will use Healthcare Connect Fund support only for eligible
program purposes.

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Certifies that applicant is not requesting support from both the Telecommunications
Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund for the same services.

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Certifies that applicant has satisfied all of the requirements under 47 U.S.C. § 254 and
applicable FCC rules, and that the applicant understands that any letter from USAC that
erroneously commits funds for the benefit of the applicant may be subject to rescission.

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Certifies that applicant has reviewed all applicable program requirements and will
comply with those requirements.
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Line 40:

Certifies that all documentation associated with the form will be retained for a period
of at least five years pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 54.648. Documentation includes all bids,
contracts, scoring matrices, and other information associated with the competitive bidding
process, and all billing records for services received.

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Requires the signature, name, contact information, and employer’s FCC RN for
the person authorized to sign on behalf of the individual HCP or the Consortium Leader. The
name of the individual who submitted the form, contact information, and employer’s FCC RN
should be the same as the information submitted in Block 4 of the FCC Form 460.

IV. REMINDERS

 This form 462 must be received by the last day of the funding year (June 30). Applicants
who submit this form after June 30th will not be eligible for support for services (or any other
expenses) received during the preceding funding year (July 1-June 30).
 Incomplete forms or forms missing required documentation will not be processed. For
assistance in completing this form, contact USAC RHC at 1-800-453-1546 or rhc-
assist@usac.org.
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