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February 10, 2016

House Energy and Commerce Wants Comments on the Universal Service Fund

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been looking to update the Communications Act and issued its latest white paper Friday on the Universal Service Fund. People seeking to comment on questions posed by the panel have until Sept. 19 to do so.

“This discussion, informed in part by responses to previous white papers, seeks comment on universal service policy for the modern communications ecosystem and the federal and state roles in maintaining and advancing universal service,” the white paper states.

The fund pays for several programs including supporting telecommunications to rural areas and subsidizing Internet service in schools and libraries. Consumers might have noticed USF fees on their phone bills – that’s because the fund is paid for through contributions from phone and interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol providers.

The white paper seeks comment on eight questions, including: how Congress should change the principals of the USF; whether other programs that support deployment of communications services (like the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utility Service) are necessary; the USF’s funding level; and whether USF programs could be better managed through other mechanisms like state block grants or voucher programs.

  • Carroll Barber

    Just another example of the corrupt government spending your money.

    • SamHamilton

      Everything the government does involves spending our money. At least with this program they’re actually paying for it as they go rather than borrowing money to pay for it and sticking the bill on future generations.

  • Buzz Allnight

    Thanks for the link to comment,
    your fired!

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