Broadband technology and consumer device adoption is rapidly driving demand for upgraded broadband access, speed, and reliability. Changes being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the recent Notice for Proposed Rulemaking to the Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program, which supports traditional telecommunications services, will impact states and commercial providers. In order to prepare for this imminent change, state regulators and commercial providers must have a technical understanding of the impact of suggested changes.
In this article, Michael Spead, a former Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Senior Manager of the High Cost Fund, and currently ICF’s Senior Technical Specialist on USF issues, discusses various options for geographic boundaries for the Connect America Fund (CAF) and the complexity of the CAF bidding process.
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