Regulators allow Universal Service Fund expansion

Oklahoma regulators have announced they are allowing schools, libraries and health care facilities receiving funding from the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund to temporarily increase bandwidth for their broadband service.

Brandy Wreath, administrator of the OUSF maintained by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission made the announcement on Tuesday. He said those eligible facilities who receive the funding for broadband service “may temporarily increase bandwidth as necessary without extra cost to aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entities wishing to increase service should contact their service provider for details and availability.”

Wreath said a Federal Communications Commission order waives the FCC’s gift and that any temporary increase will be approved through Sept. 30, 2020 with an opportunity to extend if necessary.


“I would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our beneficiaries who are working through these difficult times to selflessly provide these critical services for all Oklahoma’s residents, even in the face of challenging circumstances. Once again, I am proud to be a part of the great state of Oklahoma. You are in our thoughts and prayers,” stated Wreath in the announcement. 


Source: OCC announcement