8:46 PM EDT
Allen Boyd, D-FL 2nd

Mr. BOYD. Mr. Chairman, I thank Mr. Gutknecht and Mr. Stupak for their work on behalf of this amendment. I want to tell you that the Universal Service Fund is designed to ensure telecommunications services to all Americans, no matter where they live, what kind of rural area.

This amendment preserves the authority for the FCC to require the VoIP providers to pay into the USF. I strongly support and encourage the adoption of the amendment.