May 4, 2023
USF Contribution Decision
Joint statement by Competitive Carriers Association, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, and USTelecom–The Broadband Association in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision regarding the Consumers’ Research petition on the constitutionality of the mechanism for contributions to the federal Universal Service Fund.
“Today’s decision is a win for the millions of rural and urban consumers as well as anchor institutions that rely on the services supported by the federal Universal Service Fund. As the court decision today confirms, Congress’ direction to the FCC—more than 25 years ago—to collect contributions in support of the universal service program is constitutional. We believe that other courts considering similar challenges should come to the same conclusion.”