After FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered a speech today announcing proposed reforms of the Universal Service Fund and the Intercarrier Compensation System, I released the following statement:
“CTIA strongly agrees that comprehensive reform of the federal Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation System is necessary in order to ensure these government programs meet the changing needs of U.S. consumers. We are pleased Chairman Genachowski has acknowledged the Universal Service Fund must take into account the rapid consumer adoption of wireless services, and we look forward to learning more about his proposals for a dedicated, robust Mobility Fund.
“The development of a robust Mobility Fund targeted to support the deployment and on-going costs of mobile broadband services in high cost areas is an essential element of successful reform. CTIA has shown that initial investment costs for deploying ubiquitous mobile broadband services may range from $8-$21 billion, so adopting a sufficiently-sized Mobility Fund will be necessary to advance the Commission’s goals for wireless service and to maintain the United States’ mobile broadband leadership.”