NTCA and USTelecom Seek USF Contribution Forbearance


NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom have filed a Petition seeking targeted, temporary forbearance for Rural Local Exchange Carriers (RLECs) from Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution requirements applied to revenues from the provision of broadband Internet access services (BIAS). Petitioners seek forbearance from these requirements whether the service is tariffed or offered on a de-tariffed basis, until the Federal Communications Commission reaches a decision on whether any and all broadband services (and not just RLEC-provided broadband Internet access transmission services) should be required to contribute to support of federal USF programs or completes some other form of contributions reform.

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