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Pai Statement on Chairman's Announcement to End QRA Benchmarks

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Released: December 12, 2013

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See MCI v. FCC

, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

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December 12, 2013
Matthew Berry, 202-418-2005
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO END THE QRA BENCHMARKS

Today is a good day for rural America. For over a year, I and many others have warned
that the quantile regression analysis (QRA) benchmarks adopted in the 2011 Universal Service
Transformation Order
have increased regulatory uncertainty, chilled the investment climate, and
impeded the deployment of broadband to rural Americans. That said, the benchmarks have been
a feature of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund reforms for over two years. Accordingly, it is no
small matter, either in terms of policy or politics, to change course.
It is with gratitude, then, that I welcome and applaud Chairman Wheeler’s announcement
that he intends to end the QRA benchmarks. Ending regulatory uncertainty is the right thing to
do, especially given that the QRA benchmarks did not save the Fund one dollar. I am hopeful
that today’s news means that bringing next-generation technologies to our nation’s rural citizens
will be a priority during Chairman Wheeler’s tenure, and I look forward to continue working
with him to make that happen.

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