This is starting to sound like a broken record.  Once again, the USF contribution factor is poised to make a big jump upward to a new record high.  Once again, we wonder here whether this will finally be the time that the FCC moves forward to reform the contribution side of the USF.  With the volatility and high rates, one must wonder whether the current mechanism can satisfy the requirement that the USF fund be "specific, predictable and sufficient."

Here’s the bad news:  according to a prominent USF analyst, the FCC will soon announce a first quarter 2012 contribution factor of 17.9%.  This is an increase of over 2.5% from the current factor and by far is the highest that the USF rate has ever been. 

Continue Reading USF Factor to Rise to 17.9%, Will This Finally Lead to Contribution Reform?

The Universal Service Contribution factor has been increasing recently, but could it top 15%?  That is the prediction of Billy Jack Gregg, an analyst who studies the USF fund.  If it does, the cries for USF reform should grow even louder, just at the time that the FCC is announcing USF support for broadband in its National