By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-29-21

Among a laundry list of Republican House bills targeted at edge providers introduced this week was a House version of one that would require the FCC to study the feasibility of making streaming services and others pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) subsidy program.

The FCC-overseen USF provides billions of dollars to subsidize advanced telecommunications for low-income areas, schools and libraries, health care facilities, and/or high-cost areas where there is an insufficient business case for private build-outs.

Currently it is paid into by telecom providers, who pass along the fee to their customers.  » Read More