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FCC to Initiate Another Universal Service Rule-Making

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it will vote on issuing another E-rate related rule-making at its next open meeting, scheduled for May 19. According to the commission's agenda, it will vote on a rule-making to "initiate a proceeding to examine the management, administration, and oversight of the Universal Service Fund."

The scope of the rule-making may address the organization of the Universal Service Administrative Company and the way the various Universal Service Fund programs are organized and administered.

The FCC has already contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration to review the organizational structure of the E-rate program. Members of Congress have also begun discussing potential changes in how the Universal Service Fund programs are organized and administered, but no specific legislation has been introduced.

Through the Notice of Proposed Rule-Making, the commission is likely to solicit comments on particular issues and proposals.

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