Today, the FCC adopted a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on universal service fund reform during its monthly Open Meeting. I issued the following statement in response:
"CTIA supports FCC efforts to fundamentally reform its universal service system programs to support the national broadband goals and to derive greater efficiency from the legacy high cost program. However, CTIA believes that any universal service reform should be competitively neutral, both in terms of technology and timing. Given consumers’ preference for mobile services and the National Broadband Plan’s commitment to continued leadership in mobile broadband, the Commission’s plans for transitioning support away from existing wireless services should be implemented only if reductions in support are made across all fund participants simultaneously, regardless of technology, and should only begin once efficient replacement mechanisms are in place."