FCC to propose reforming Universal Service Fund
The Federal Communications Commission will include a proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund as part of a national broadband plan due to Congress in less than two weeks.
The proposal envisions migrating the program over the next decade to pay for high-speed Internet connections instead of the traditional voice services that it currently finances.
The $8-billion-a-year Universal Service program is funded through a surcharge on long-distance bills. The proposal will lay out several options to pay for the reforms, including one that would require no additional money from Congress.