While Universal Service Reforms Show Promise, Politics Clouds Fund’s Future
August 19th, 2015
ASPEN, Colorado, August 19, 2015 – In spite of several positive efforts to reform the complex and dated rules that govern the Federal Communication Commission’s universal service fund, key decisions surrounding the $8 billion annual fund remain ineluctably political.
That was the message shared by panelists, including a commissioner at the FCC, speaking at a session on Tuesday at the Technology Policy Institute’s annual forum here.
For example, the panelists — which also include two economists, a cable industry lobbyist and the former director of the National Broadband Plan — applauded efforts to bring greater economic efficiency to telecom network construction through a system known as a “reverse auction.”
They also supported efforts to promote broadband adoption by providing income-based vouchers for the purpose of internet services.
But decisions about the allocation of funds within the USF — and the key question of how the fund is to be paid for — remain political hot potatoes.
Moderator Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute, with panelists Mignon Clyburn, James Assey, Blair Levin, Gregory Rosston, and Bradley Wimmer.
Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband
Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service
May 18th, 2015
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.
The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.
Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.
At the Scene of the Federal Communications Commission as the Agency Passes Net Neutrality Rules
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, The Innovation Economy, Transparency
May 16th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 – In a Federal Commissions Commission meeting tinged with protest, the agency voted Thursday to begin a process to re-established certain network neutrality rules after they had been struck down by a federal appeals court in January.
On a 3-2 vote, the agency’s three Democrats kicked off a proceeding seeking public input on how to find a solution protecting and promote the open flow of information on the internet that will pass legal scrutiny.
Chairman Tom Wheeler retained the support of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn – even though Rosenworcel said she only “concurred” with the proposal. [...]
Using a Map of Communities Receiving Connect America Funds, FCC Uses Rigorous Approach to Targeting Broadband Subsidies
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service
September 6th, 2013
WASHINGTON, September 6, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released a map demonstrating the location of more than 600,000 homes and business targeted to receive higher-speed broadband connections. The map, dubbed the “Connect America Fund, Phase I, Round 2,” follows on the FCC’s announcement, on August 21, 2013, that eight telecommunications providers are […]
At July Meeting, FCC Votes to Modernize E-Rate Program with Gigabit Broadband for Schools
August 5th, 2013
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 – At its open meeting on July 19, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would work to modernize the E-Rate program in order to provide greater bandwidth for schools and libraries. Reforms to be implemented to the E-Rate program include the provision of affordable, high-capacity broadband for schools and libraries, […]
FCC Acting Chairwoman Praises Cable Industry, Calls for More Broadband Adoption and Use
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service
June 11th, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 – Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn discussed her work at the agency and her plans for the future of the FCC with National Cable and Telecommunications CEO Michael Powell at the opening session of the second day of the NCTA’s annual Cable Show. Clyburn described the success of the […]
President Obama Unveils Ultra High Speed Initiative for Broadband in Education at Middle School in North Carolina
Education, FCC, National Broadband Plan
June 6th, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 – President Barack Obama announced a new plan – dubbed ConnectEd – to expand ultra high-speed broadband access to nearly all schools in the country during a speech at Mooreville Middle School in North Carolina this afternoon. The initiative, entitled ConnectEd, aims to bring wired broadband and wireless access to 99 […]
Acting FCC Chairwoman Clyburn Announces Second Wave of First Phase of Connect America Fund
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
May 23rd, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 – The Federal Communication Commission will offer $485 million to expand fixed broadband access in rural areas, Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said on Wednesday. The funding is part of a public and private effort to provide broadband services in areas, predominantly rural, that currently lack adequate access. The money is intended […]
FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Presents Plan for Spectrum Use at Wireless Convention
Agencies, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
May 22nd, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 – Addressing spectrum demands and encouraging mobile innovation are the two keys to advancement in communications, said Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association 2013 convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. Clyburn highlighted a number of strategies the FCC has enacted or plans to […]
Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Lays Out Goal to be ‘Hallmark of Continuity and Progress’
May 20th, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 – On Monday morning, in an e-mail to staff at the Federal Communication Commission, Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn issued a statement on her priorities as acting chairwoman. Clyburn emphasized the compassionate nature of FCC employees, as well as the importance of their mission. “There is no more exciting or critical mission […]