FCC Imposes USF Requirements on Audio–Bridging Service Providers


On June 30, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission released an Order affirming the Universal Service Administration Corporation’s (“USAC”) classification of audio-bridging services as “telecommunication” for purposes of the Universal Service Fund (“USF”). In this ruling, the Commission held that all stand-alone audio bridging services are equivalent to toll-teleconferencing services and are thus providing telecommunications under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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