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CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on the FCC’s Open Meeting

WASHINGTON Feb. 8, 2011 Steve Largent

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"We agree that comprehensive reform of the federal Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation system is necessary in order to ensure these government programs meet the needs of U.S. consumers, who are increasingly relying on mobile wireless communications for not only their voice and broadband services, but also innovative services such as mHealth and mLearning.  Indeed, we agree with Chairman Genachowski that the Universal Service Fund must take into account the rapid consumer adoption of wireless services, and we believe that ensuring support is available for the deployment of mobile broadband services in high cost areas is an essential element for successful reform.

"The FCC has recognized that the current universal service system, with its emphasis on legacy wireline voice technology, does not reflect market or technological realities. As it exists today, the high cost Universal Service Fund is administratively complex, guarantees profits for incumbent wireline networks and promotes inefficiency. Similarly, the antiquated intercarrier compensation system imposes a convoluted and imbalanced set of rules on communications providers that ultimately reduces consumer choice and obstructs innovation. We agree with the Chairman, multiple Commissioners and leading members of Congress that it is time to revamp these outdated rules.

the United States

CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( www.ctia.org Washington, D.C.

SOURCE CTIA-The Wireless Association

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