Boucher heralds broadband plan's call for changes to Universal Service Fund

The top House member also praised the FCC for pitching proposals to auction off available D-block wireless spectrum as one way to pay for the creation of a nationwide, interoperable communication channel for law enforcement and first responders. The congressman noted in his release it would even be "appropriate for Congress to appropriate public funds to supplement" those auction proceeds.

Ultimately, it remains unclear whether other lawmakers will share Boucher's enthusiasm for broad swaths of the FCC's broadband plan, which Congress ordered in 2009 as part of its $787-billion stimulus. But he will have at least one key ally: Rep. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Dems say they have 50 votes in Senate to overrule net neutrality repeal MORE (D-Mass.), who first pitched the idea of a National Broadband Plan to guide the FCC's work.

"This plan will lower and remove barriers to new competition in services, networks and devices," Markey said earlier on Monday in a statement, calling the plan "visionary."

"And it will enable state-of-the-art, high-speed access to educational opportunities, improved healthcare, increased energy efficiency and other national priorities," he said.