Georgia Committee Votes to Expand Telecom Slush Fund
In early February, the Georgia House Telecommunications Subcommittee considered a bill (HB 168) that would completely scrap the Universal Access Fund (UAF). The UAF costs consumers and businesses in Georgia millions per year to subsidize inefficient telecom providers in rural areas.
But just when reform looked to be on the way, today the House Telecom Subcommittee passed House Bill 376 that would expand the size of the fund to $25 million from the current level of $10 million. Even worse, the bill is being dubbed the major reformpackage from Georgia's telecom system.
Below is ATR's letter opposing expansion of the UAF. Click here for a PDF copy.