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FCC Finally Releases USF Order

November 20, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission released a measure Friday creating a $4.5 billion "Connect America Fund" to subsidize broadband in rural areas, transforming a previous fund devoted to the landline phone operations at rural phone companies.

The order was released Nov. 18, a full 23 days after the commissioners unanimously voted to pass it. GOP lawmakers want the agency to release orders before votes. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House's telecom subcommittee, has a bill that would make this standard practice.

The FCC says its new fund will bring broadband to 7 million people over the next six years. For more on this policy, check out our piece from the day of the vote.

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