CCA Statement on Inclusion of USF on the FCC’s February 2017 Open Meeting
Statement from CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry regarding the inclusion of USF on the FCC’s February 2017 Open Meeting.
“USF is a critically important issue for competitive carriers, especially smaller carriers serving rural and regional parts of the U.S. By including USF on the February Open Meeting, the FCC takes a step to impact carriers that rely on their own private capital investments together with USF support to help serve their customers, build out and maintain their networks and make long-term investment plans for the future. With today’s letter from 30 U.S. Senators led by Senators Wicker and Manchin, there clearly is broad bipartisan support in ensuring sufficient and predictable USF support. Consumers in unserved and underserved areas deserve the same services as their urban counterparts and a robust, well-crafted USF program including Mobility Fund Phase II and an equitable phase down of legacy support over the next several years to help achieve the important goal of closing the digital divide. The great states in America’s heartland deserve access to high speed mobile broadband; it is an opportunity that deserves action.”