SHLB Opposes Proposal to Cap USF Programs March 27, 2019
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject placing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. SHLB instead recommended other ways the Commission might promote fiscal integrity of the programs.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“The SHLB Coalition completely agrees with the importance of fiscal responsibility, but imposing an arbitrary cap on the USF expenditures is an awkward approach that could undermine the FCC’s stated ‘top priority’ of closing the digital divide. A more effective strategy would be to improve the operation of the USF programs and streamline the application processes. For example, the FCC could get more ‘bang for its USF buck’ by eliminating silos and allowing applicants to apply for multiple USF programs in a single application.”
The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, DC and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.