Skip Navigation

Federal Communications Commission

English Display Options

Commission Document

Rosenworcel Statement on Connect America Fund Implementation Report

Download Options

Released: June 27, 2013

STATEMENT OF

COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL

Re:
Connect America Fund Implementation Report (June 27, 2013)
More than a year ago, the Commission took historic steps to update its high-cost
universal service fund and intercarrier compensation system. Though it predated my arrival in
these halls, I commend my colleagues--past and present--for their effort. They refocused the
high-cost universal service system from last century's technology on the broadband and wireless
challenges of this century. They put it on a budget. And they increased accountability
throughout.
But as I've said before, I worry that our reforms to the high-cost universal service system
are extremely complex. I fear that this complexity can deny carriers dependent on them the
certainty they need to confidently invest in their network infrastructure. So when opportunities
arise to simplify our rules in a manner that is fiscally sound, good for rural consumers, and
bound to inspire investment--we should seize them.
Recently, we have done just that. We did it when we adopted changes to our regression
model to provide rate-of-return carriers with additional flexibility to meet our new limits. We
did it when we adjusted our rules to distribute a second round of incremental support from the
first phase of the Connection America Fund for price cap carriers. We should be willing to make
further changes when doing so simplifies our rules, does not break our budget, and brings better
service and more investment to rural communities.
Thank you to the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau for their continuous work on the hard slog of high-cost reform, for their dedication to
keeping rural communities connected, and for this helpful summary of their work to date.

Note: We are currently transitioning our documents into web compatible formats for easier reading. We have done our best to supply this content to you in a presentable form, but there may be some formatting issues while we improve the technology. The original version of the document is available as a PDF, Word Document, or as plain text.

close
FCC

You are leaving the FCC website

You are about to leave the FCC website and visit a third-party, non-governmental website that the FCC does not maintain or control. The FCC does not endorse any product or service, and is not responsible for, nor can it guarantee the validity or timeliness of the content on the page you are about to visit. Additionally, the privacy policies of this third-party page may differ from those of the FCC.