I issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s hearing on “Universal Service: Transforming the High-Cost Fund for the Broadband Era”.
“CTIA applauds Chairman Rockefeller and the Members of the Senate Commerce Committee for holding today’s hearing on the need for comprehensive reform of the FCC’s High Cost Universal Service program. We look forward to working with Congress and the FCC to develop competitively- and technologically-neutral reforms that make support available for the services that consumers truly need, including mobile broadband services. With a variety of options in the marketplace, consumers have shown that they like wireless services and are demanding mobile access. It is imperative that the Universal Service program recognizes this consumer choice and facilitates the National Broadband Plan’s goal to continue our global leadership in mobile broadband services.”