Bloomberg Law
July 31, 2019, 8:21 PM

Companies Getting FCC Funds Aren’t Contractors: Labor Department

Paige Smith
Paige Smith

Companies that receive money from the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund aren’t federal contractors, and therefore not subject to a Labor Department federal contractor watchdog’s jurisdiction, according to an opinion letter signed by a senior DOL official.

The Universal Service Fund, which was formed with the goal of providing universal telecommunication service to all Americans, more closely resembles a grant, rather than a contract, the opinion letter states. It was written by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program Director Craig Leen. A bevy of telecommunications carriers fund the endowment, “including wireline and wireless phone companies and interconnected Voice ...

Learn more about Bloomberg Law or Log In to keep reading:

Learn About Bloomberg Law

AI-powered legal analytics, workflow tools and premium legal & business news.

Already a subscriber?

Log in to keep reading or access research tools.