Mobile Future

Mobile Future Statement on Industry Consensus Plan on USF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Major telecom firms today jointly filed a proposal with the FCC outlining a framework to modernize and rationalize the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems. A key component of the plan is to transition Universal Service Fund support from voice service to broadband. The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future:

“We are encouraged by the progress being made to overhaul universal service and intercarrier compensation rules to redirect funds for national broadband deployment. A modern framework that supports robust networks in a targeted, cost-efficient and technology-agnostic way will benefit both consumers and the nation’s economy.

“We applaud this effort to build consensus across the broadband ecosystem around a solution that will ensure deployment extends into remote, unserved communities in a way that leverages mobile and other rapidly developing technologies. Meaningful reform will help achieve the objectives of the National Broadband Plan by helping guarantee all corners of the nation reap the benefits of broadband and our nation as a whole is positioned to compete and win in a connected world.”

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Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future (www.mobilefuture.org), served as chief information officer at the United States Information Agency during the Clinton administration.

Additional information about Mobile Future can be found at www.mobilefuture.org.