FCC chair weighs in on Universal Service Fund overhaul

10/10/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Federal Communications Commission is floating a plan to overhaul the Universal Service Fund to bring the federal telecom subsidy program more in line with the needs of today's consumers. Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined the proposal to reform the $8 billion fund to include more support for broadband in a speech last Thursday. One agency source said the changes -- which are designed to significantly increase the number of Americans with broadband access -- could lead to increased fees to consumers.

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