October 27, 2016
Partner Steve Augustino was quoted in the Law360 article “As Questions Loom, FCC Presses On With Universal Service.” The article notes that The Federal Communications Commission is pushing ahead with implementing reforms for programs designed to expand telecom access to all Americans despite remaining questions of whether a political path will open to improving how the agency collects revenue for its universal service fund. Mr. Augustino commented that contributions reform is “the elephant in the room.” He went on to comment that contribution reform "[is] a sticky mess [that’s] what it is, and there’s no easy way out without some kind of political pressure to fix it. It could continue like this … I haven’t seen any significant change in the outrage factor [as the contribution rate has risen].”
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