FCC's Genachowski to reveal USF reform plans

Julius Genachowski, the FCC's chairman, will lay out the agency's Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) plans tomorrow in Washington.

Julius Genachowski, FCC

Genachowski

At that time, he will also put out a reform order that will be put out for a vote during the Oct. 27 public meeting.

One of the major elements of the proposed plan is to redirect the USF from subsidizing traditional phone service in rural areas to broadband, including wireless broadband technologies like WiMAX and LTE through a new mobility fund.

In addition, Genachowski wants to have more oversight into the USF and ICC systems to prevent service providers from abusing the funds.  

A group of the largest wireline telcos previously proposed their ABC (America's Broadband Connectivity) plan, one that the cable operators complain gives telcos an unfair advantage.

For more:
- Multichannel News has this article

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