The SLC will become a division of the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) on Jan. 1, under a proposal submitted to the FCC in July. The plan was submitted in response to criticism of the program's bureaucracy from many members of Congress, but the Burns-Tauzin legislation suggests that lawmakers still aren't satisfied with the proposed changes.

The plan would give the USAC control over all three universal service programs—the schools and libraries program run by the SLC as well as the rural health care program administered by the Rural Health Care Corp. (RHCC) and the


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