Proposed USF Cap Comment Deadlines Announced

The FCC’s proposed rulemaking to establish an overall budget cap on the Universal Service Fund (“USF”) was published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2019, which sets the comment deadline on July 15, 2019, and the reply comment deadline on August 12, 2019. As we previously highlighted, the notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) will consider a USF cap separate and above the individual budgets for each of the four USF programs, although the NPRM does not propose a specific budget, primarily raises questions about how to proceed, and does not contain any proposed rules.

A request to extend the NPRM comment period has been filed by the Education and Library Networks Coalition, but the FCC generally does not grant such requests.

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