Universal Service

2019 Urban Rate Survey

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau announced the 2019 reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) subject to broadband public interest

Chairman Pai Names Six Members to the USAC Board

Chairman Ajit Pai appointed six members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC):

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Federal Communications Bar Association

Date: 
Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:00 to 14:15

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.     Welcome and Introductions

12:05 – 1:05 p.m.       Eliminating Access Arbitrage–What’s at Stake and What Should the FCC Do?



More States Launch Lifeline National Verifier

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces that effective January 15, 2019, the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) will fully launch in five states – Hawaii, Idaho, New Ha

Proposed First Quarter 2019 Universal Service Contribution Factor

The Federal Communications Commission's Office of Managing Director (OMD) announces that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2019 will be 0.200 or 20.0 percent. Total Projected Collected Interstate and Inter

FCC Increases Universal Service Support

The Federal Communications Commission will provide additional funding for the Connect America Fund, the FCC’s program that helps expand broadband deployment and make broadband service more affordable in rural areas.

California considers text messaging tax to fund cell service for low-income residents

California state regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor.

Chairman Pai's Response to Various Members of Congress Regarding Rural Broadband

On Nov 30, 2018, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wrote to various Members of Congress regarding rural broadband.

FCC to Investigate Potential Mobility Fund Mapping Rule Violations

The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into whether one or more major carriers violated the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction’s mapping rules and submitted incorrect coverage maps.

What the government is doing on internet access

The federal government's efforts to provide ubiquitous internet access have had varying levels of success.