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NTCA Letter to Congress about USF Improvements

In a recent letter, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association requested members of Congress promote and sustain universal service.

With new grant programs beginning to address challenges where broadband has remained unavailable, as the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) seeks to help consumers adopt and retain broadband even while facing the potential exhaustion of funds, and while court cases are pending that pose serious threats to the good and ongoing work toward fulfillment of the mandates of Congress for universal service, thoughtful consideration of how to promote and sustain universal service is more timely and needed than ever.

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The letter addresses ways Congress could make the USF more effective, the past and current effectiveness of specific USF programs, ways the FCC could improve contribution issues, and the FCC’s transparency in oversight of the USF.