Feb 2, 2013 12:07:00 PM
Every once in a while, it pays to dismiss – or at least discount – policy arguments and look at the cold, hard facts. So, while the FCC’s interminable deliberations on Universal Service Fund (USF) reform continue consider this: in just under 10 years, the USF contribution rate has doubled. That’s right, doubled.
In the fourth quarter of 2003, the USF contribution rate was 8.7% – a number that at the time seemed extraordinarily high. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the USF contribution rate hit 17.4% – a 100% increase from 2003!