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Annual Review

Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)

This chapter gives a broad understanding of the background and functioning of the USOF.  The chapter also enlists the various schemes for providing funding to the telecom operators in order to enable them to adhere to their obligation towards USOF. It also includes a brief discussion about the USOF’s accomplishments so far with regards to public telephones, community phones, tower infrastructure, broadband and radio in the villages. It also enlists the participants in the USOF scheme, which constitute the various players in the telecom space. It also provides with the fund collection and allocation status of the USOF over the past few years. A scenario of universal services funds across a few countries has also been provided based on parameters like administering agency, sources of revenue and method of allocating funds. The following points are covered in the chapter:

  • Background
  • Widening Urban - Rural teledensity Gap
  • Assistance offered to telecom service providers
  • Competitive Selection of Service Providers
  • Accomplishments of USOF
  • USO Funds Status
  • USOF across Various Countries

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