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USAC Releases FY2013 Demand Estimate

On April 22, 2013, the Universal Service Administrative Company released their annual demand estimate to the Federal Communications Commission. USAC’s estimate of total program demand for Funding Year 2013 is $4.986 billion, a 4.8% reduction from FY2012’s estimate of $5.237. 

USAC reports that “estimated demand for Priority One funding… is $2.709 billion, an increase of 10.8 percent from last year’s demand of $2.444 billion,” and that “estimated demand for Priority Two funding… is $2.277 billion, a decrease of 18.5 percent from last year’s amount of $2.793 billion.”

According to a Funds For Learning analysis conducted earlier this month, demand for Priority 1 services exceeds the $2.38 billion FY2013 funding cap by almost $320 million.

USAC’s demand estimate letter may be found here, with a chart showing demand by funding category and discount band here.

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