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Universal Service Fund Expansion Pilot Approved by State Commissioners

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Andrew Feinberg

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WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Originally championed by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the proposal will allow telecommunications companies, even those that do not currently receive USF dollars, to receive Universal Service Fund monies to help low income families connect to the Internet. Companies that do not currently receive USF funding for voice service would have to pay into the fund in order to be eligible.

The resolution was approved by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners telecommunications committee on Tuesday at its winter meeting here in Washington, and later adopted by the organization’s board of directors. NARUC represents state regulatory boards from all 50 states.

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At US Telecom Event, Broadband Leaders Call For Changes in Universal Service Funding Mechanism

Jericho Casper

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Screenshot of AT&T CEO John McElfresh from the US Telecom webinar

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Originally championed by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the proposal will allow telecommunications companies, even those that do not currently receive USF dollars, to receive Universal Service Fund monies to help low income families connect to the Internet. Companies that do not currently receive USF funding for voice service would have to pay into the fund in order to be eligible.

The resolution was approved by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners telecommunications committee on Tuesday at its winter meeting here in Washington, and later adopted by the organization’s board of directors. NARUC represents state regulatory boards from all 50 states.

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Toby Bargar: In 2021, Watch for New Federal User Fees, State Tax of Streaming Services

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Toby Bargar

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Originally championed by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the proposal will allow telecommunications companies, even those that do not currently receive USF dollars, to receive Universal Service Fund monies to help low income families connect to the Internet. Companies that do not currently receive USF funding for voice service would have to pay into the fund in order to be eligible.

The resolution was approved by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners telecommunications committee on Tuesday at its winter meeting here in Washington, and later adopted by the organization’s board of directors. NARUC represents state regulatory boards from all 50 states.

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Pushes to Privatize USPS Threaten the Oldest Universal Communications Network and Efficiency of Mail-in Ballots

Jericho Casper

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Photo of USPS mail being sorted by Ericka Woolever used with permission

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Originally championed by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the proposal will allow telecommunications companies, even those that do not currently receive USF dollars, to receive Universal Service Fund monies to help low income families connect to the Internet. Companies that do not currently receive USF funding for voice service would have to pay into the fund in order to be eligible.

The resolution was approved by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners telecommunications committee on Tuesday at its winter meeting here in Washington, and later adopted by the organization’s board of directors. NARUC represents state regulatory boards from all 50 states.

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