On June 6, 2018, Chairman Pai circulated a draft Order proposing an increase in funding for the Rural Health Care Program by $171M, bringing total annual funding to $571M. Yesterday, the FCC announced that the draft Order received majority support by the other Commissioners.
Karen Lee, the current VP of the Rural Healthcare Program will be departing USAC to pursue other opportuntities. Mark Sweeney, the current Chief Administrative Offier at USAC will be stepping into that role, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.
On March 27, 2018, the FCC published a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (‘Proposal”), which would bar Universal Service Funding (“USF”) to be used in the purchase of equipment or services from companies posing a national security threat to America’s networks and communications supply chains.