House Bill 2184 C, a bill to bridge the current gap in funding in the Oregon Universal Service Fund (OUSF) and better provide access to broadband and telecommunications to Oregon residents passed the House floor on a vote of 37-22 on June 24.
Telecommunications regulation began in the Federal Communications Act of 1934. This Act established the concept of universal service, the idea that all Americans should have access to communications services at reasonable costs. Many states, in response to eventual deregulation of telecommunications, created carrier of last resort policies, requiring services to be provided to all persons within a service territory. In response to the non-recoupable high costs associated with the policy, the Oregon Legislature created th