ajit_pai_fcc_125Pai advocates USF rules enabling rural telcos to deliver broadband-only services

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has proposed new revisions to the Universal Service Fund (USF) to give rural telcos a chance to take advantage of funds to deliver a broadband-only service.

Up until now, rural providers that have sought USF funds have had to use them provide traditional telephone service, a requirement that’s at odds with the reality that consumers are increasingly dropping their POTS (plain old telephone service) and are using either wireless for voice or their broadband lines to access over-the-top VoIP players like Vonage.

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