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Reforming and Modernizing the FCC's Universal Service Programs

Reforming and Modernizing the FCC's Universal Service Programs

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Published by: MarkWarner on May 31, 2012
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Reforming and Modernizing theFCC
s Universal Service Programs
May 2012
 
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The Universal Service Fund
Based on FCC
s historic commitment to universal service
Expanded in Telecommunications Act of 1996
Contributions flow from telecommunications providers via anassessment on their interstate revenues . . .. . . into the four Universal Service Fund programs. . . which distributes funds to eligible entities (primarilytelephone companies) to reduce cost of serviceWireline telco Wireless telco Cable
High-Cost Lifeline E-RateRuralHealth Carefor ruralAmericansfor low-incomeAmericansforschools andlibrariesforrural healthproviders
 
Connect America Fund
Goals 
Universal service
Robust home & business broadband to over 18M unservedExpand mobile broadband and voice coverage where it
s lackingProtect existing voice
 
and broadband service in rural areas
Fiscal responsibility
Fairness to consumers who bear burden of payingAddress bipartisan calls to eliminate inefficiency and control costs
Business realities
Reasonable transition periods
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