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Options for USF funding reform
This webinar reflects on three proposals for Universal Service Fund (USF) funding reform. Over $9 billion in USF expenditure is funded through interstate and international revenues of telecommunications companies and the scope of its four programs has expanded to include broadband service for low-income Americans and those in high-cost areas. The contribution base has been shrinking while the services supported by it have been expanding.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated a proceeding on the future of universal service in December 2021 there is a broad consensus that the contribution base is overburdened and iniquitous. The proposals for reform of the USF funding mechanism, include expanding the contribution base to
• broadband users,
• online advertisers, and
• streaming service providers (‘Big Tech’)
respectively. Our three participants will speak to these three options.

Apr 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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