CCA Continues Push for “Success Based” USF Reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
Thursday, January 28, 2010 (202) 449-9866
Washington, DC – Today the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) emphasized the importance of focusing on the appropriate principles to govern comprehensive Universal Service Reform in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing concerns raised by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in its Qwest II decision.
In a statement accompanying the comments, CCA CEO and Executive Director Steven K. Berry said, “Whether through interim action by the FCC or legislative movement through Congress, meaningful reform of the Universal Service Fund must include support that is fully portable between providers so that providers who successfully serve consumers are the ones who receive support.”
Berry continued, “In addition to allowing consumers to choose their preferred technology, support must be based on forward-looking economic cost models, setting the foundations to ensure the effective deployment of broadband services in rural and high-cost areas.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for wireless providers serving rural areas of the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 members covers more than 80 percent of the nation.