Sources: FCC, Public Knowledge
quote: Under the Obama adminstration's plan, the estimated $8B USD the USF pulls in annually from U.S. taxpayers is being redirected. The plan, approved by the FCC this week will eventually throw out the old subsidies on poor, rural Americans' phone service. In its place will be two plans, aimed at bringing more modern communications technologies to these folks. The first is the "Connect America Fund", which will direct $4.5B USD annually to funding mobile phone and broadband service to rural areas. The services will only cover areas that private businesses refuse to cover. American coverage Much of America [orange] is not covered by what the FCC defines as high-speed internet (3 Mbps down; 768 kbps up). [Source: FCC] A second fund, "The Mobility Fund", will get $500M USD . This fund will focus its efforts on spreading wireless internet.