Debating the USF
Proposed hikes stir up dissent
Yesterday's news that the FCC may impose new fees on cable carriers and expand the USF has consumers worried about higher rates, while others debate the validity of the Universal Service Fund itself. Declan McCallagh chimed in yesterday
on the potential 9.1% FCC tax hike that could be handed out to cable providers to expand the Universal Service Fund
. Mirroring the debate taking place in our forums
yesterday, lawyer participants have been debating
the issue on McCallagh's mailing list. Consumers don't want higher rates, Telcos don't feel its fair they should be such primary contributors to the fund, and critics charge the fund doesn't even function as it should.