FCC Proposed Universal Service Reforms

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In its Feb. 9 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the FCC announced a variety of proposals to reform the High-Cost disbursement program, which is funded through the federal universal service fund (USF) and is the largest of the four disbursement programs drawing from the USF. These reforms would take place in two stages, with the ultimate goal of transitioning all remaining High-Cost funding, e.g., high-cost loop support, interstate common line support, and high-cost model support, to the Connect America Fund (CAF).

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