SHLB Applauds Senate Letter Opposing USF Cap September 19, 2019
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition welcomed the letter 30 Senators sent to the Federal Communications Commission, asking that it discard any plans to set an overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF).
“Congress designed the four USF programs to work in tandem with, not against, one another to address different aspects of the digital divide,” said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition. “An overall cap on the USF would deliberately disobey the congressional directive that funding for the programs be ‘specific, predictable, and sufficient.’”
The SHLB Coalition previously joined with 63 other organizations in filing a statement opposing the overall cap on June 11. On July 9, 14 members of Congress sent the Commission their own letter urging it not to establish an overall cap on USF funding. On July 29, the SHLB Coalition filed comments opposing the overall cap proposal.
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.