Policy Documents

High-Cost Universal Service Support

Federal Communications Commission –
November 20, 2007

In this Recommended Decision, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint
Board) recommends that the Federal Communications Commission ( the Commission) address the longterm
reform issues facing the high-cost universal service support system and make fundamental revisions
in the structure of existing Universal Service mechanisms. We also recommend that the Commission
seek additional input from parties to further explore transitional issues associated with distribution reform.
The Joint Board recommends establishing three separate “funds” with distinct budgets and purposes.
This new classification achieves two principal purposes. First, it accommodates the arrival of, and the
public demand for, broadband Internet services. Second, it allows the Commission to substantially
increase the effectiveness of funding now awarded to wireless carriers.