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Video on Reforming the Universal Service Fund Tackled Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund




WASHINGTON, October 19, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service held its October 2012 Broadband Breakfast Club “Reforming the Universal Service Fund: What's Changing?" on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

Nearly one year ago, the Federal Communications Commission announced major changes to the Universal Service Fund by creating the Connect America Fund and the Mobility Fund. How has the FCC followed through in implementing these two funds? Will the Connect America Fund realize the ambitious goals of the National Broadband Plan? Further, the FCC this month completed a spectrum auction to facilitate the Mobility Fund. What have the agency and industry learned from these experiences?

You can see highlights of the event here:

Highlights from Reforming the Universal Service Fund: What’s Changing from Broadband Breakfast.

You can see the full event here:

Reforming the Universal Service Fund: What’s Changing from Broadband Breakfast.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Jeffrey Lanning, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, CenturyLink
  • Jennifer McKee, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
  • Michael Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA)
  • Tim Donovan, Vice President Legislative Affairs, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)
  • Mike Wilson, Vice President of Professional Services, CostQuest Associates
The event was moderated by Eliza Krigman, Technology Reporter for Politico Pro.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google, ICF International (ICFI), The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and US Telecom.

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Background on is in its fifth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on internet policy issues. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December). Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D- CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; Jonathan Adelstein, RUS Administrator; Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA; FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Chief, Sharon Gillette, FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, Rick Kaplan; Tony Wilhelm, BTOP Director, NTIA; Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce; Nick Sinai, Senior Innovation Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others. Our audiences are equally diverse. The keynote speech is followed by a moderated panel discussion in which audience participation is encouraged.

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