On October 27, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously ordered changes to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) regulations to support next-generation broadband deployment and adoption. This reform drastically transforms ICC rate structures and redirects the billions of dollars in annual USF support, beginning in 2012. The broadband landscape is changing, and understanding the new rules is critical for state regulators, service providers, and equipment providers.
In this article, ICF expert Michael Spead analyzes the impacts of the FCC’s order and the new risks and opportunities it presents for:
- Price cap carriers
- Rate of return carriers
- Mobile providers
Learn more about other information developed by Mr. Spead on USF/ICC reform.
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