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Options for the Universal Service Fund


October 1997




Costs, Revenues, Prices, Markets (Rural), Universal Service


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Part of a series on universal service, Options for the Universal Service Fund, was produced in response to a request from regulatory commissioners to facilitate a nationwide dialog among federal regulators, state regulators, and the telecommunications industry on options for support to rural areas for telephone service (universal service).  To meet the needs of the NARUC Communications Committee, this paper models options for the federal universal service fund on a comparable basis.  These comparisons allow the reader to examine the different effects on customers and states.  The model covers: (1) the FCC's Plan, and (2) service charges to the customer's bill based upon phone numbers in service or a percentage of total retail revenues.





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