USF Reform Threatens Wireless

Wickham, Rhonda
May 2007
Wireless Week;5/1/2007, Vol. 13 Issue 9, p4
Trade Publication
The author reflects on the increasing costs of the Universal Service Fund (USF) program and its evaluation. In 1997, the U.S. wireless communications systems industry was allowed to draw from the High-Cost Fund while they contributed to the USF, thus the industry has triggered the growth of the USF programs. However, expenses have constantly increased and the program has to be reviewed again. She suggests that the funding be overhauled as soon as possible since the consumers are losing the most from the delay.


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