Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN
, today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s notice of proposed rulemaking
on the Universal Service Fund:
“CoSN strongly opposes the FCC’s proposal to displace the well-designed, connectivity-focused Universal Service vision established by Congress. FCC leadership are seeking a de facto single program that would decrease network investments in the communities and school districts that benefit from this needed support.
“It’s especially concerning that the Commission provides no explanation why a new cap – on top of four other caps – is required to better evaluate the four distinct programs that were created to address unique connectivity challenges. The FCC also doesn’t tell why rural customers should have to compete against students for the broadband connections that both populations desperately need.
“The Universal Service System works well and efficiently for teachers, students and families, while allowing telecommunications providers to use funds to expand their networks. Given America’s stark broadband gaps, now is not the time to pit the four USF programs against each other. Instead, the FCC should focus on promoting what currently works.”
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org