Boucher, Terry to unveil USF reform bill

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va.) will unveil details on a bill to alter the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications services in low-income and rural areas.

The announcement comes after the pair released a draft legislation to alter the fund in November. The draft would have broadened the base of contributions to the fund, controlled distribution of the money and allowed the use of some of the funds for broadband deployment and service, rather than just phone service.

Details are expected at a news conference at 1 p.m. in 2187 Rayburn House Office Building.