Today, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry introduced the Universal Service Reform Act of 2010. The following may be attributed to AT&T’s Executive Vice President-Federal Relations, Tim McKone:
“AT&T applauds Chairman Boucher and Rep. Terry for their determined efforts to bring the benefits of broadband services to the citizens of rural America.
“For years, policymakers and Congress have attempted to untangle the knotty dilemma of the universal service fund (USF), and with their leadership and vision, Chairman Boucher and Rep. Terry have set the right path for a historic transformation of the USF. We are particularly supportive of this legislation because it focuses on modernizing a program that was born before broadband, so that the goal of universal and affordable broadband for all Americans is achieved.
“We look forward to working with Chairman Boucher and Rep. Terry and the rest of Congress to see the Universal Service Reform Act of 2010 move forward quickly so that rural Americans can fully participate in and equally benefit from a broadband society.”