Posts Tagged ‘intercarrier compensation’

Free State Foundation Panel Calls for USF, Intercarrier Compensation Reform

Broadband's Impact, Universal Service July 14th, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 – The Free State Foundation, a free-market think thank, assembled key industry experts Wednesday and pressed for the immediate need for reforms to the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation systems.

For the past year, the Federal Communications Commission has worked on updating the Universal Service Fund to handle the demands of broadband expansion rather than voice service.

Rural Provider Groups Suggest Solutions on Universal Service Reform

Broadband's Impact, FCC, FCC Comments, States, Universal Service April 19th, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 – The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO), in conjunction with 30 state and regional associations released to the FCC their recommendations to fix the Universal Service Fund on Monday.

FCC Paves Way For Comprehensive USF Reform At Open Meeting

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service February 9th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 9, 2011 – The FCC adopted a measure during Tuesday’s open meeting that lays the groundwork for revisions to the nation’s telephone subsidy systems in the near-term and an eventual overhaul to transition those systems into building and supporting broadband infrastructure.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was adopted unanimously by the Commission, draws a roadmap to reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the closely related intercarrier compensation (ICC) system.

Genachowski Pushes USF Reform Ahead Of FCC Vote

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service February 8th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2011 – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushed for Universal Service Fund reform at the offices of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) on Monday, a day in front of the Commission’s vote to adopt a rulemaking on the issue. Genachowski began his remarks by sticking closely to the message he has […]

Small Telcos Push for Broadband-Focused Universal Service Reform

FCC December 8th, 2009

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 – Broadband should be the central focus of the next generation of the Universal Service Fund, OPASTCO said Monday in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. TheOrganization for the Promotion and Aid of Small Telecommunications Companies’ comments highlight a plan to push affordable broadband to the rural areas those carriers serve.

Google to FCC: Less Than 100 Phone Sex Numbers Blocked

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality October 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2009 – Google told the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday that its Google Voice service currently is restricting calls to fewer than 100 specific phone numbers that it believes are involved in the business of adult sex chats. Google provided a detailed response Wednesday to questions posed by the FCC concerning Google Voice’s practice of preventing calls to certain telephone number prefixes.

Whose Bailiwick?

Broadband Updates, States October 19th, 2009

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments in the matter of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to maintain a rate cap on telecommunications intercarrier payments for internet-bound dial-up traffic and a related ruling that helps keep wireless intercarrier payments low.

USF and Intercarrier Compensation Complicate Broadband Plan

Broadband Updates, FCC, National Broadband Plan September 30th, 2009

As the new Federal Communications Commission takes up the task of changing the Universal Service Fund, the task will be all the more complex because of the intrusion of broadband policy objectives and proposed changes to the contribution methodology, panelists said Wednesday.

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