The Federal Communications Commission took the first step Tuesday toward funding new broadband networks by diverting fees collected to help subsidize affordable telephone service in rural and high-cost areas, National Journal Daily reported..
But the opening move, while unanimous, prompted immediate criticism from a leading Republican lawmaker and will surely be the first of many confrontations as the agency struggles to reform an outdated system.
Under the plan, the FCC will seek to "modernize and streamline" the Universal Service Fund and the associated intercarrier compensation system, which were designed to help companies build telephone lines in underserved areas. Click here, to read more. (Subscription required)