To direct the Federal Communications Commission to revisit the universal service support program under section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM.
(a) Forbearance Authority Rescinded.-- (1) In general.--As of the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission may not forbear from the requirements of section 214(e)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 214(e)(1)) with respect to the designation of an eligible telecommunications carrier. (2) Transition period.--On the 120th day after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall suspend the designation of a telecommunications carrier as an eligible telecommunications carrier if such designation was received through forbearance of the requirements of such section. (3) Amendment.--Section 214(e) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 214(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(7) Clarification.--The charges referred to in paragraph (1)(B) for such services shall be more than zero.''. (b) Contribution.-- (1) Amount.--The amount collected to support universal service under section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254) each year shall be the same amount that was collected for fiscal year 2011. (2) Savings reduction.--Of this amount, $500,000,000 shall be transferred each year to the General Fund of the Treasury and shall not be available for obligation or expenditure. (c)...