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Energy and Commerce Leaders Request Information on Universal Service Fund


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Reps. Waxman, Upton, Eshoo, and Walden sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski requesting data from the agency to assess how funding from the Universal Service program is distributed.

"In light of the important, initial reforms the FCC made to both the high-cost and low-income USF programs, we are asking several questions regarding the new and revised Universal Service mechanisms," said Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman. "USF reform promises to better target funding to the millions of Americans currently unserved by broadband and wireless coverage, eliminate duplicative subsidies, and better align incentives to maximize scarce resources. We are requesting this data to help Congress and the public understand if and how USF reform is meeting those goals."

"With the recent steps taken by the FCC to modernize and reduce waste within the USF high-cost and low-income programs, it's incumbent upon this Committee to have the most up-to-date performance information," said Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo. "This is an important juncture on our way toward delivering a 21st century telecommunications infrastructure with affordable broadband for all Americans."

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