Commissioner Pai Statement on FCC-Initiated Increase in Phone Bills
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2014
Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
OPPOSING FCC-INITIATED INCREASE IN RURAL AMERICANS’ PHONE BILLSToday the FCC announces a new “rate floor” of $20.46 a month. What does that mean? Over a
million customers in rural areas will face a rate hike of up to 46 percent in the next few months. This is
bad news in tough times.
Why should the FCC saddle rural Americans with rate increases when doing so may not save the
Universal Service Fund a dime and may in fact divert scarce funds away from broadband deployment?
And why should the FCC override state-set rates to raise costs for consumers?
Right now, the economy is good for many people here in Washington, DC. But a recovery hasn’t
yet reached much of rural America. Let’s not add to the challenges our fellow citizens face by increasing
their phone bills. Instead, let’s freeze the rate floor indefinitely and reexamine this misguided policy.
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