Statement on Reforming Broadband Connectivity Act

Today, the Senate introduced the Reforming Broadband Connectivity Act. The bill directs the FCC to initiate a rule making proceeding to reform the contributions system to modernize the FCC’s Universal Service Fund Program.

The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Brandon Heiner:

“Ensuring broadband service in the most remote, hardest-to-serve areas requires a sustainable Universal Service Fund with a sustainable funding formula. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) recognize that the contribution mechanism must be reformed to preserve connectivity for rural Americans. Directing the FCC to initiate a rulemaking to expand the contributions base will help secure the future of universal service.”