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NEW REQUIREMENT FOR REVIEW OF USAC DECISIONS: Any party (including, but not limited to entities filing an FCC Form 499, federal universal service program applicants, and service providers) that wishes to file an appeal of a USAC decision must first seek review of that decision by appealing directly to USAC before filing an appeal with the Commission. Parties seeking a waiver of Commission rules should submit waiver requests directly to the Commission instead of filing such requests with USAC (See 47 C.F.R. § 1.3). A party that has filed an appeal with USAC and received an adverse decision may, if it chooses, appeal USAC’s decision to the Commission. See Sections 54.719-54.725 of the Commission’s rules for further information regarding review of USAC decisions.

Broadband has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for full participation in our economy and society – for all Americans. For that reason, the FCC has adopted comprehensive reforms of its Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) systems to accelerate broadband build-out to the 18 million (in 2011) Americans living in rural areas who currently have no access to robust broadband infrastructure. This reform will expand the benefits of high-speed Internet to millions of consumers in every part of the country by transforming the existing USF into a new Connect America Fund (CAF) focused on broadband.

Consumers everywhere – both urban and rural – will benefit. Reform will not only drive economic growth in rural America, but will expand the online marketplace nationwide, creating jobs and businesses opportunities across the country.

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Updated: December 23, 2014
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