The program launched in December 2009 and planned to finish by 2018, will connect all 12,840 rural communities in Saudi Arabia to Broadband with a minimum speed of 512kbps. This provides Universal Service to every user in Communities with population between 100 & 5000. And for communities with population less than 100, Universal Access is provided through local Internet Centers located within a range of 10 km from each community. The Program is technological neutral. Universal Service Providers are selected through a competitive mechanism developed by USF. The program contain 14 projects of which 4 are already under implementation.