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TIA Submits Comments to House Energy & Commerce Committee in Response to Universal Service Policy White Paper

Arlington, Va. (September 19, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today filed comments with the House Energy & Commerce Committee in response to its universal service policy white paper. The House Energy & Commerce Committee has issued a series of white papers as initial steps toward modernizing the laws governing the communications and technology sector and has also solicited input from stakeholders.

"In its comments, TIA said, "An important contribution of the FCC's Connect America Fund reforms has been the introduction of competition among potential providers for universal service support ... TIA stresses that for these reforms to take root, maintaining marketplace certainty will be critical to attracting the necessary investment to make this transition a success. The prospect of a significant modification to this new market-based CAF model risks discouraging potential new entrants to this new market."

Read TIA's comments sent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee at this link.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

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