Universal Service Fund: Background and Options for Reform

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This report discusses the idea that all Americans should be able to afford access to the telecommunications network; this is commonly called the “universal service concept” and can trace its origins back to the 1934 Communications Act. The current policy debate has focused on five concerns: the scope of the program; who should contribute and what methodology should be used to fund the program; eligibility criteria for benefits; concerns over possible program fraud, waste, and abuse; and the impact of the Antideficiency Act (ADA) on the USF.

Creator(s): Gilroy, Angele A.
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: April 11, 2011
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Gilroy, Angele A.

Specialist in Telecommunications Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: April 11, 2011
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This report discusses the idea that all Americans should be able to afford access to the telecommunications network; this is commonly called the “universal service concept” and can trace its origins back to the 1934 Communications Act. The current policy debate has focused on five concerns: the scope of the program; who should contribute and what methodology should be used to fund the program; eligibility criteria for benefits; concerns over possible program fraud, waste, and abuse; and the impact of the Antideficiency Act (ADA) on the USF.

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36 pages.

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