Next Texas Skirmish: Universal Service

Haugsted, Linda
August 2006
Multichannel News;8/21/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 33, p39
The article states that the Texas review of the Universal Service Fund has become the latest cause of debate between cable and telephone providers. According to Ron McMillan, chairman of the board of the Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) reports that the fund collected $2.6 billion from Texans between 1999 to 2006. But not a single independent, public analysis proves specifically how the companies spend it. The criticisms were countered point by point in a filing to the PUC by Verizon and noted that large providers are not the only beneficiaries of the fund.


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