Lawmakers from both houses of Congress and from both sides of the political aisle have joined the growing chorus of voices that are urging the FCC to delay its scheduled November 4 vote on intercarrier compensation and universal service fund (USF) reform. Arguing that public input has not been sought on many of the rule changes contained in the FCC’s draft order, sixtyone House members wrote to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Monday to ask the agency to “put the full proposal on record and seek public comment for a period of at least two months.” Signed by Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI), Lamar Smith (R-TN) and Nathan Deal (R-GA) among others, the letter was written by Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Lee Terry (R-NE), both co-sponsors of USF reform legislation now pending before the House. While stating that “the Commission stands to gain by understanding the positions of all parties interested in its potentially sweeping decision,” the lawmakers emphasized that “elected and accountable representatives in Congress should properly design the reform” that, in turn, would equip the FCC “with the tools and guidance necessary to adopt regulations pursuant to the statutory reforms that best serve the public interest.” Meanwhile, in a separate letter, nine senators including Max Baucus (D-MT), Ron Wyden (R-OR) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) recommended against the FCC’s “moving forward with this proposal until more steps have been taken to weigh the potential disadvantages to rural customers.” Voicing concern that the FCC’s plan “may actually hinder” broadband deployment in rural areas, the senators warned: “great care needs to be taken to craft a policy which is comprehensive in nature and mindful of rural . . . customers when dealing with intercarrier compensation and USF reform.”