USF/ICC Reform: NCTA Has Mixed Feelings

In a statement, NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell expressed both disappointment and hope regarding the FCC's recent decision about reforming the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation Regimes. Powell said, in part: "While we are disappointed...

In a statement, NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell expressed both disappointment and hope regarding the FCC's recent decision about reforming the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation Regimes.

Powell said, in part: "While we are disappointed in the Commission's apparent decision to ignore its longstanding principle of competitive neutrality and provide incumbent telephone companies an unwarranted advantage for broadband support, we remain hopeful that the order otherwise reflects the pro-consumer principles of fiscal discipline and technological neutrality that will bring needed accountability and greater efficiency to the existing subsidy system. We are particularly heartened by the Commission's efforts to ensure that carriers are fairly compensated for completing VoIP calls during the transition to bill and keep arrangements."
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