ACA Seeks 'Competitively Neutral' USF Reform

ACA seeks fiscally sound, competitively neutral Universal Service Fund for the broadband age

September 7, 2011

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PITTSBURGH -- To update the Universal Service Fund for the broadband age, the Federal Communications Commission should adopt fiscally sound and competitively neutral reforms and reject backward, pro-incumbent formulations advanced by large telephone companies determined to maintain a firm grip on as much government financial support as possible, according to the American Cable Association.

“Universal Service Fund reform is too important to be left only to the big incumbent telcos,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. “A new federal fund created to support broadband access and services will not be used efficiently and will not reflect new market conditions if AT&T, Verizon, and other large carriers are allowed to rig the game in their favor while having an obligation to provide rural consumers with only yesterday’s technology.”

American Cable Association (ACA)

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