USF Tracker

An in-depth discussion of developments and trends affecting the federal Universal Service Fund

USF Tracker - October 2, 2019

Commentary Now comes the hard part.  We’ve noted that the FCC has been setting the table for changes to all of its beneficiary programs, while contributions reform looms.  But now, the FCC needs to start deciding the…

USF Tracker - August 26, 2019

Commentary If you took a long holiday this summer and, upon your return, asked, “What did I miss?” the answer in USF would be, “quite a lot.”  It has been a busy summer and is setting up for a busy finish to the year. …

USF Tracker - August 1, 2019

Recent News Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) On July 9, 2019, the FCC released an NPRM that proposes to make the Category Two budget approach permanent, and seeks comment on potential modifications that could simplify…

USF Tracker - June 28, 2019

Kelley Drye Commentary Much of the activity this month focused on the FCC’s controversial proposal to establish an overall cap to the Universal Service Fund.  Stakeholders aligned to oppose the proposal, while…

USF Tracker - May 23, 2019

Kelley Drye Commentary In a month with only one minor Commission-level USF item, one of the most significant things to watch may be Commissioner O’Rielly’s questioning of USAC over possible use of USF money to…