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Doubling Down on Universal Service Fund (USF)

Posted by George David

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!

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Topics: FCC, USF, Universal Service Fund