A new US$400 million fund to improve phone service to outbound consumers is on track to become law after Congress passed it on Wednesday.
The law will create a new “Outbound Dialer Services Fund” that will fund up to $400 billion in investments to bolster call quality, speed, and quality of service to consumers who use outbound mobile services, including dialer and email services.
It also gives states the authority to set up their own fund, and allow for up to 100 million people to apply for the funds.
The fund was approved by Congress in late December after more than three months of deliberations.
It is aimed at bolstering broadband, voice and video services, as well as other outbound services, which have suffered from a lack of service in recent years.
The $400m is about half of the $600 billion that the Obama administration has allocated to broadband, broadband investment, and other initiatives since 2015.
The White House says it’s designed to help boost broadband and other services that are still underfunded.
The bill is a major victory for phone companies, who have been lobbying Congress for decades to boost broadband access to their customers.
Many carriers have been reluctant to expand broadband to low-income Americans and to allow them to use their phones in many places where dialer service is not available.
In some states, phone companies have also lobbied Congress to allow some residents to use cellphones as long as they are connected to an Internet connection.
The legislation passed with bipartisan support, with no Democrats joining Republicans in opposing it.
Congressional Republicans said in a statement that they “believe that every American should have access to a phone service that is affordable and accessible to them.”
“We believe in a strong national broadband network that connects our communities, gives consumers more choice, and improves access for all Americans,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in the statement.
“This legislation helps us accomplish that goal.”
The bill also aims to make it easier for consumers to obtain phone service from carriers, which are often less expensive than competing carriers.
The program will create new financial incentives for companies to improve their customer service, improve service to low and middle-income households, and increase their investments in outbound and mobile services.
The new fund will help provide more consumers with broadband service and more choices for how they use their mobile phones.
That could include better cellphones that can work together, more reliable data plans, and faster speeds for out-of-home calls, among other things.
For example, the fund will provide up to 1 billion dollars for “mobile data access,” a category that includes speeds of up to 2 gigabytes per second, as long the provider has invested in broadband infrastructure.
This is the kind of “mobile first” technology that has helped mobile phone companies grow in popularity, and it would make it more affordable for consumers and providers to offer mobile data services.
Another funding category would provide up a certain amount of money for each of the following types of service: mobile phone service, Internet access, video streaming, email and messaging, voice over IP (VoIP), video calling, and voicemail.
The fund would also provide a maximum of $100 million for a mobile broadband fund.
The funds are the result of several months of negotiation between phone companies and the administration, including a $250 million fund for Verizon, $200 million for AT&T, and $50 million for T-Mobile.
The companies argued that the money was not sufficient for all of their needs and that they should have been given more flexibility to determine what they should do.
“The administration’s proposal was not acceptable to us, but we are confident that this will be a step forward in addressing the concerns of the American people and the industry,” AT<m said in its statement.