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WTA Joins More than 250 Other Organizations in Calling for USF Contributions Modernization

On November 29, WTA, along with 253 other organizations signed a letter to policymakers recommending they modernize the Universal Service Fund contribution mechanism to include broadband. The statement notes the problem of the rising contributions factor, now around 30%, states … Continue reading “WTA Joins More than 250 Other Organizations in Calling for USF Contributions Modernization”

WTA Supports Introduction of Legislation to Require FCC to Address USF Contributions Modernization

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 22, 2021) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband supports bipartisan legislation, S. 3236, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) to require the FCC to complete

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WTA Joins Partners to Push for USF Contributions Reform

Today, WTA, along with eleven other organizations, sent a letter to House Democratic and Republican leadership to support the inclusion of H.R. 6723, the Universal Broadband Act, which directs the FCC to begin assessing broadband for contributions to the Universal … Continue reading “WTA Joins Partners to Push for USF Contributions Reform”

WTA Applauds and Supports Introduction of Universal Service Fund Contributions Modernization Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May, 5 2020) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Don Young (R-AK) for introducing bipartisan legislation to modernize the contributions mechanism for the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The USF is funded

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WTA Supports USTelecom-NTCA USF Contributions Petition for Forbearance

Today, WTA filed comments with the FCC in support of NTCA and USTelecom’s Petition for Forbearance of the application of USF contribution requirements to broadband Internet access transmission services provided by RLECs. WTA argues that “such temporary forbearance should last … Continue reading “WTA Supports USTelecom-NTCA USF Contributions Petition for Forbearance”

Rural Associations Seek Reconsideration of Certain Changes to the Lifeline Program

Today, WTA and NTCA filed a joint petition for reconsideration and/or clarification of certain aspects of the reforms adopted in the FCC’s Report and Order expanding the Lifeline program to include support for broadband service. The Rural Associations seek reconsideration … Continue reading “Rural Associations Seek Reconsideration of Certain Changes to the Lifeline Program”

WTA Replies to Comments on Lifeline Reform at the FCC

Today, WTA filed replies to comments in the Lifeline Reform proceeding before the FCC. WTA again urged the FCC to avoid adopting reforms that would increase inefficiencies and reduce burdens and costs to providers and consumers, including by leveraging existing … Continue reading “WTA Replies to Comments on Lifeline Reform at the FCC”