Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The Federal Universal Service Fund is established by the Federal Communications Commission to promote the availability of quality telecommunications services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers, including those in low income, rural insular and high cost areas.
The UTC has the legal authority to designate qualified common carriers as Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) in Washington for the purpose of receiving federal high cost support and low income support. All the wireline incumbent local exchange carriers are ETCs. In addition, UTC has also designated the following wireless ETCs.