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USTelecom places great importance on staying abreast of important telecom industry issues so that we may keep our members informed and successfully focus on key business topics to promote the industry’s best interests. We have advocated before the FCC and Congress on many critical industry issues and have been instrumental in enacting successful reform.

Happening Now

USF and ICC Reform

The FCC’s October 2011 order redesigned the USF  to help carriers bring broadband service to areas that are too expensive to serve without financial help because of rugged terrain or sparse population. Among many changes, the Order transitions the existing Fund into a Connect America Fund, intended to extend broadband infrastructure to the millions of Americans who currently have no access to broadband.

The specific impact of this order is not yet known, but it will affect all telecom carriers, particularly when considering rate-of-return and price cap factors.

More about USF and ICC Reform

Crossroads Express In-Depth
October 29, 2011

USTelecom Statement: FCC Order Opens Door to Greater Broadband Deployment
October 27, 2011

Fulfilling the Promise: Extending the Benefits of Broadband to Consumers in Rural America
October 25, 2011

USTelecom Statement on FCC Commitment to Reforming Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation
October 6, 2011

Issues We’re Working On

Using Broadband
Universal Service
Intercarrier Compensation
Consumer Protection
Video & Content
Tax Policy
Broadband Infrastructure