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Comprehensive low-income program reform

  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 13 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released an Order on February 6, 2012 to comprehensively reform the low-income program of the Universal Service Fund to eliminate Link Up in non-Tribal areas; impose uniform eligibility, certification and verification requirements in part through the use of duplicates and eligibility databases; begin the process of modernizing the program to shift to supporting broadband and constrain the growth of the $2.1 billion low-income fund by $200 million in 2012 and by an estimated $2 billion over the next three years