Keyword: Universal Service Fund (USF)
Service providers are taking their CAF-II funding allocations to extend services to hard-to-reach rural areas in their service territories.
The FCC is proposing to provide up to $76.9 million in Universal Service Fund money to restore services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been asked by a bipartisan group of 56 senators to keep advancing broadband deployment in hard-to-serve rural areas.
The Alaska Plan approved by the FCC will work, says the ATA, because it provides predictable USF payments to carriers in a high-cost operating area.