December 14, 2023
Joint statement by Competitive Carriers Association, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, and USTelecom–The Broadband Association in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision regarding the Consumers’ Research petition on the constitutionality of the mechanism for contributions to the federal Universal Service Fund.
Today’s decision is a victory for the many rural and urban consumers and anchor institutions across the country who rely on the services supported by the federal Universal Service Fund. The USF has been, and continues to be, a critical tool to narrow the digital divide and help address connectivity gaps. The court’s ruling affirms that Congress’ directive to the FCC—over 25 years ago—to collect contributions in support of this vital Fund is constitutional. Other courts considering similar challenges should reach the same conclusion.