By Fierce Telecom

The FCC's proposal to eliminate the exemption for service providers of mainly international services to contribute to the Universal Service Fund (USF) is facing a protest from a group of submarine cable providers, including Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT), Southern Cross, OPT French Polynesia and PPC-1.

In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the FCC said that eliminating these exemptions would require international submarine cable operators that have cable connections into the U.S. make a quarterly contribution to the USF.

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