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Mignon Clyburn Expects FCC Universal Service Fund Proposals by Year-End

ARLINGTON, Va., October 2, 2010 – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn emphasized the need for quality research in policy making, particularly with regard to reforming the universal service fund for telephone and internet connectivity. Speaking at the Friday evening dinner session at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, a top telecom research conference here, Clyburn also said that she expected the FCC to propose changes to the USF system, and to propose funding for universal broadband, by the end of 2010. Keep Reading

Report Advocates Tax Relief in Telecommunications Sector

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 – According to a report released by the Global System for Mobile communications Association (GSMA), the key to spurring broadband adoption on in previously under-covered areas is targeted tax relief. According to the group’s summary of the study, “The study indicates how a reduction in special taxes applied to the telecommunications sectors in countries with different taxation approaches like Brazil, Mexico, Bangladesh and South Africa will translate into higher Mobile Broadband service adoption and more wealth creation reflected in additional GDP growth.” Keep Reading

International

Telemedicine Report Shows Strong Growth in BRIC Countries

WASHINGTON July 7, 2010 -Telemedicine is one of the most concrete benefits of faster and more ubiquitous broadband access. The research firm Markets and Markets has just released a report detailing the expansion of telemedicine in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). The report found a fairly large growth of the market. Keep Reading

Fiber/International

Brazil to Fund Creation of National Fiber Optic Network

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Brazil has started to enact changes to fulfill its long term broadband goals. The nation announced the plan early last month with a goal of bringing down the cost of broadband from $50USD to $25-35USD. Brazil’s Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo said, “Prices for broadband services could be lowered with the participation of private enterprises”. Keep Reading

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