The FCC Refuses Efforts to Put New Universal Service Fees On Home Internet Services





This week the Federal Communications Commission’s chair decided not to impose a Universal Service fee on home Internet services.

These fees are not new to Americans. For years, phone services have had universal service fees that go into a Digital Opportunity Fund. This fee was used to help offer discounted phone service and expand phone service into rural America.

Recently there has been a push to bring that fee to home and business Internet. The problem is that this fee is typically passed along to the consumer in the form of higher fees.

Many had hoped that this fee could be used to cover the costs of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that offers $30 monthly discounts to people with low incomes.

The FCC has decided not to include this fee on internet customers for now according to a report posted by the FCC.

This move once again puts pressure on Congress to find funding on their end to fund the ACP. It has become clear that the FCC has no interest in putting fees on home Internet—at least for now.

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