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  •  The USP is NOT a federally funded program. (4+ / 0-)

    The USP funds come from contributions by telecom companies (probably charged back to consumers).

    The Universal Service Fund (USF) was created by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1997 to meet Congressional universal service goals as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The 1996 Act states that all providers of telecommunications services should contribute to federal universal service in some equitable and nondiscriminatory manner; there should be specific, predictable, and sufficient Federal and State mechanisms to preserve and advance universal service; all schools, classrooms, health care providers, and libraries should, generally, have access to advanced telecommunications services; and finally, that the Federal-State Joint Board and the FCC should determine those other principles that, consistent with the 1996 Act, are necessary to protect the public interest. As of the third quarter of 2012, the USF fee, which changes quarterly, equals 15.7 percent of a telecom company's interstate and end-user revenues.

    Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

    by kck on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 05:17:44 PM PDT

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