Over at the FCC’s website, Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Sharon Gillett has penned a blog post breaking down the Commission’s newly-launched Connect America Fund:

In the last century, universal service programs connected virtually the entire nation to telephone service.  Now, in the 21st century, when high-speed Internet has become the essential communications tool for jobs, innovation, economic growth, education, healthcare, public safety and building communities, our goal must be to connect every American, regardless of where they live.  To do this without imposing new funding burdens on consumers means eliminating inefficient rules and bad incentives that have plagued the Universal Service Fund for years.

Gillett’s full post is worth checking out.