David LaFuria met with the FCC’s 8th Floor legal advisors to discuss the upcoming April 23 item proposing further reforms to the federal universal service mechanism. A summary of the meetings is here. Among other things, proposed reforms must be supported by record evidence, and there is no evidence that large wireless carriers are completing the job of serving 98% of Americans with 4G LTE without the need for universal service support. To the extent that the FCC considers moving support from the Mobility Fund into other programs, leaving wireless carriers to compete in the Connect America Fund, then the right of first refusal afforded to price cap carriers must be immediately eliminated. A number of other discussion points are summarized in the attached letter.
LNGS Contact: David LaFuria