34 Dems Sign on to Matsui USF Reform Letter

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House Energy & Commerce Committee member Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) has collected 34 Democratic signatures on a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Universal Service Fund reform.

Genachowski has said recently the commission is in the home stretch of voting on its plan to reform the fund and migrate it to broadband subsides from traditional phone service.

Matsui began circulating the letter for member signatures last week.

The letter asks the chairman to ensure that its USF reforms include funding for broadband adoption as well as deployment, and that the FCC cap the fund.

"[W]e believe it is clear that uncontrolled growth of the fund is unsustainable," they wrote. "Further, as the reform process moves forward, we encourage the Commission to maintain its firm commitment in the National Broadband Plan to impose responsible and enforceable budget discipline."

The letter was sent to the FCC Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Matsui.

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