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FCC seeks comment on USF cap, pushes caller ID authentication

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has initiated a proceeding to seek comment on whether the commission should cap the Universal Service Fund.

The regulator said May 31 that it has not yet "examined the programs holistically to determine the most efficient and responsible use of these federal funds."

Earlier this year, the FCC voted to create a fraud division within its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and prosecute fraud in the Universal Service Fund. Phone service providers pay USF fees to the FCC to help subsidize communications services for certain groups, including those with low incomes.

In other agency news, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tweeted May 31 that he is proposing the FCC mandate caller ID authentication if the industry does not implement it by the end of 2019. In May, Pai proposed rulemaking to allow U.S. carriers to block robocalls by default.