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Bipartisan Letter to FCC Regarding the Universal Service Fund

July 9, 2012

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"The FCC has begun to undertake critical reforms to ensure the continued viability of the Universal Service Fund. The committee has requested updated data to understand the FCC's progress to root out waste, fraud and abuse. We look forward to reviewing the FCC's efforts to improve the way the USF is funded," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).

“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.”

U.S. Representative Fred Upton

U.S. Representative Joe L. Barton

Congressman Fred Upton has represented the commonsense values of southwest Michigan since 1987. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read More»;