Legal analysis of the proposed exclusion of voice and VoIP

Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, a law firm representing small, mostly rural, telephone companies, took a look at the proposed exclusion of voice and VoIP from the CTF.  This excerpt is from the opening comments submitted to the PUC on May 11, 2015 (emphasis ours):

“… the Commission should reject those parts of the Proposed Decision which would phase out support for voice services and modify the eligibility requirements for CBOs to require the provision of direct or indirect advanced services to individuals within a community. It would constitute legal error for the Commission to adopt these proposals.”