• Congressmen Request Updated USF Information to Reform the Universal Service Fund
  • April 28, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Jennifer A. Cetta; Carly T. Didden
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • In an effort to push a proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) program, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet sent a letter to Acting Chairman Copps, requesting the following updated information on the high-cost USF program:

    • a list of the top ten recipients of high-cost support for calendar years 2006 through 2008;
    • a state-by-state list of total disbursements to the top ten recipients of high-cost support for calendar years 2006 through 2008;
    • a list of the ten largest per-line subsidies by study area including a list of competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) in these study areas, the total support amounts received by these competitive ETCs for calendar years 2006 through 2008, and a list of other competitors that do not receive high-cost support;
    • a list of the ten areas with the most ETCs, including competitive ETCs, and the total and per-line support received for calendar years 2006 through 2008 per study area and a list of competitors that do not receive high-cost support per study area;
    • the geographic scope of each of the top ten study areas and the number of ETCs;
    • local rate information for the top ten study areas by support and by number of ETCS;
    • a state-by-state list of total USF high-cost support payments;
    • a state-by-state list of ETCs and the names of these ETCs; and
    • a list of states that have a statewide fund and a brief description of the basis for contribution and the supported services.

    The Congressmen have asked Acting Chairman Copps to provide the requested information by Thursday, April 23, 2009.