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House Passes FCC Process Reform Bill

On March 12, 2014 the House of Representatives passed the “Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2013” which includes a provision to extend the Universal Service Fund (USF) from the Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA) until December 31, 2020.  The current exemption is set to expire on December 31, 2015.

New interpretation of the ADA in 2004 forced the Schools and Libraries Division to hold up issuing funding commitments until the Universal Service Administrative Company had collected enough money to cover the commitments.  Congress, however, has exempted the USF from the ADA since then and continues to pass these temporary one or two year exemptions.

The Senate will need to pass this piece of legislation and President Obama will need to sign the FCC Reform Act in order for it to become law.

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