By 2020, universal service fund (USF) high cost support for voice services would be cut off, and those funds would be channeled into a new Connect America (CA) fund that would support broadband deployment to seven million U.S. households that lack such access. These proposals are among the national broadband plan (NBP) recommendations disclosed by the FCC last Friday. The USF recommendations are the latest in a series of revelations during the past few weeks on the NBP, which will be fully disclosed to the public at an FCC open meeting next Tuesday and presented to Congress next Wednesday. During a press briefing, Carol Mattey, a senior FCC advisor and member of the agency’s NBP team, noted that the NBP will also call for a Mobility Fund that would be earmarked for the expansion of third-generation wireless broadband services “in areas lagging behind the national average.” Out of the seven million homes that lack broadband access, Mattey said one-third are served by small carriers that operate under rate-of-return regulation and the remaining two-thirds are served by larger price-cap carriers, with the bulk of current high-cost USF support going to the smaller carriers. The NBP will recommend that, if Congress wishes to expedite broadband deployment to unserved households, it should enact a $9 billion appropriation for the CA fund at a rate of $3 billion per year for three years. The NBP will also recommend shifting funds from the current USF high-cost mechanism to the CA and Mobility funds in three stages whereby the FCC would (1) first conduct rulemaking proceedings to implement and set parameters for USF recommendations outlined in the NBP, (2) enter a transitional period of phasing out high-cost USF payments to competitive eligible communications carriers and moving those funds into the CA/Mobility funds, and (3) migrate all remaining high-cost programs into CA/Mobility programs, upon which “all funding will cease for voice-only services.” As part of the first stage rulemaking process, the FCC will consider, among other things, reforms to the current USF contribution mechanism and cost estimates for the expansion of broadband services developed through the NBP. Verizon Communications urged the FCC to move quickly on plans to “fix the broken contribution system,” lamenting that the USF contribution factor “is rising every year and will hit a whopping 15.3% next quarter.”