AT&T and Verizon want the federal government to tax Big Tech.
By HEMAJA BURUD
AT&T and Verizon made no specific mention of any large technological company.
Two of the country's top telecom carriers are now lobbying federal regulators and lawmakers to collect fees on "Big Tech" corporations in order to fund bridges over the digital divide in the US
AT&T and Verizon's new initiatives are being met with hostility from a variety of parties, trade association comprised of both network operators and large Internet corporations
In general, the moves represent a growing worldwide push towards compelling giant technology companies like Netflix, Apple, and Amazon to help pay for the networks that their services run on.
However, the subject is laden with complications, and given the political impasse in the United States and abroad, big changes are unlikely to occur shortly.
Both AT&T and Verizon claim in new FCC filings that money from the "broader Internet economy" is needed to help support the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The FCC established the USF in 1997 to help fund the construction of broadband networks in rural and unserved areas of the country, to assist Americans in affording telecom services.
However, network operators are the primary sources of money for the USF, and current forecasts indicate that the funding mechanism for the USF will not endure much longer.