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FCC Commissioner Targets Corporate Welfare for Big Tech

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Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr says the agency should require Big Tech to fund internet infrastructure, following the introduction last week of a bill requiring the FCC to consider collecting contributions from technology companies.

The bill introduced July 21 by Senate Republicans Roger Wicker, Todd Young, and Shelley Moore Capito instructs the Federal Communications Commission to look into charging major tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Netflix to fund broadband networks.

Currently, new internet infrastructure is paid for by the Universal Service Fund, a $9 billion pot of money funded by charges on consumers’ phone service.

“The legislation takes a significant step in the right direction by asking the FCC to look into Big Tech contributing their fair share for the first time,” Carr said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Carr, who had argued for similar legislation in a May op-ed, voiced his support for the bill in a statement calling the current funding mechanism “unfair and unsustainable,” with revenue declining as the tax base shrinks. Under the current model, Big Tech does not pay into the fund at all.

Sens. Wicker, Capito, Young Introduce Bill to Explore Collecting USF Contributions from Big Tech (PDF of bill: https://t.co/3jFkg70pbS [Was this idea in the news recently – oh yeah,........

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