Broadband is the dial tone of the 21st century. We are all aware that deployment of broadband is crucial for all Americans to compete and succeed in today's global economy. The Universal Service Fund (USF) is essential for ubiquitous broadband service. After Wednesday's USF hearing, I have a new found optimism that USF reform could happen this year. I have worked diligently along with my Democratic colleague Congressman Rick Boucher to draft a USF Reform bill that can reach a wide consensus of industry needs. The USF hearing reconfirmed that all sectors of the industry can come together and agree on reforming USF.

Even today, I have been speaking with fellow Members of the Subcommittee on Telecommunication and the Internet and I am pleased with the positive feedback and strong support of USF from both sides of the aisle. The consistent message I get from everyone is "we need to update and reform the USF.

USF reform is an example of how Republicans and Democrats can work together to move America in the right direction.