What are some of the major provisions, principles, and changes in regards to funding mechanisms for universal service under the 1996 Act?
The Act of 96 changed the Universal Service from Vail, which started as a way to get all of the telephones to talk with each other – by getting rid of the competing, non interconnected telephone networks. To what we have today in Section 254, which are the guidelines that govern Universal Service. It is no longer limited to affordable telephone service to all Americans – passed 1934; but it has been broadly defined as a evolving level of telecommunication services that should reflect the advances in telecommunications and information services. So they have to periodically reevaluate because of the advances in telecommunication and information services. The concept today is better today because of the ability to reevaluate because of the rapid changes.