Oklahoma Universal Service Fund (OUSF) was created by the Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997. Applicants applying for reimbursement from the OUSF must meet certain eligibility criteria. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is the governing entity over the funds. A copy of the permanent rules is available below to see if your school, library or telemedicine service is eligible for this funding. If after reading the rules you still have questions concerning eligiblity, please contact the Corporation Commission at 405.521.4114.
Internet Access to Public Schools and Libraries
Upon receipt of a written request by a public school or a public library, the telecommunications carrier or OneNet shall, by itself or in conjunction with another provider of Special Universal Services, provide each public school building wherein classrooms are contained and each public library in the state one access line, free of charge, with the ability to connect toll-free to an Internet service provider at 1.5 Mbps as set forth in 17 O.S. § 139.109 (C)(4), in the most economically efficient manner for the carrier, or an equivalent dollar credit to be applied by the public school or public library toward similar services provided by the same carrier, including services that link locations prior to accessing an Internet provider.
Telemedicine Access for Eligible Healthcare Entites
Upon receipt of a written request by an authorized representative of an eligible healthcare entity, as defined by the rules, the telecommunications carrier or OneNet shall, by itself or in conjunction with another provider of telecommunications services, provide one telecommunications line or wireless connection, free of charge, sufficient for providing such telemedicine, clinical, and health consultation services as the entity is equipped to provide as set forth in 17 O.S. § 139.109 (C)(2).
OneNet Knowledge of Oklahoma Universal Service Fund
OneNet staff has been involved in the Oklahoma Universal Service programs since the beginning of the program. OneNet is an active participant in the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund technical conferences held at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission throughout the year.
For questions concerning OUSF, please contact:
Assistant Director of Administration
In Oklahoma City: 405.225.9413