SHLB Disappointed Over FCC Proposal to Cap USF June 03, 2019
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition expressed disappointment at the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to cap the Universal Service Fund (USF).
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“The FCC’s proposal to adopt an overall cap on the USF is unfortunate, counter-productive and contrary to congressional intent. Congress directed the FCC to make ‘sufficient’ funding available to meet our nation’s universal service goals, not to prohibit spending that is necessary to reach those goals. We urge the Commission to focus its energies on more pressing issues – such as solving the homework gap, awarding Educational Broadband Service licenses to tribes and educational entities, promoting 5G, making more unlicensed spectrum available, and fixing problems with the E-rate and Rural Health Care programs.”
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 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, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.