Rural Telecom Associations Raise Concerns Over USF Reform
FCC, Universal Service
July 18th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 – The FCC should consider costs and service areas of rural broadband customers as it reforms the Universal Service Fund (USF) to include broadband expansion, urged members of congress and rural telecom associations Thursday.
The rural telecom associations announced at the Capitol building the inauguration of a DC-based print advertising campaign to highlight the economic harm of the FCC’s current proposal. The associations believe that USF reform as it is presently being considered would result in lost jobs, poor health care coverage and stifled innovation due to blocked access to global markets.
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.
Genachowski Calls Universal Service Fund ‘Broken’ in Speech to OPASTCO
FCC, Universal Service
July 29th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 –Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, speaking to the annual Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) convention in Seattle yesterday, told his audience that he agreed with bipartisan critics of the Universal Fund as being “broken.” “As the math of the overall Universal Service Fund gets worse each year, the importance of broadband to rural America gets greater,” Genachowski said. “There is a clear need to reform USF – not to end it, but to reorient USF to directly support broadband all over America. “
Small Telcos Push for Broadband-Focused Universal Service Reform
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.
Universal Service Fund Needs Overhaul, and Most Want Broadband Included
National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
November 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2009 – The Universal Service Fund is in need of an overhaul to equalize costs among stakeholders and modernize programs to include broadband services, a group of industry representatives and regulators told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet during a Tuesday hearing.
The hearing examined a discussion draft of the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009, authored by subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.
The Universal Service program, which existed for decades before being codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, is under “tremendous pressure” and requires a comprehensive effort to reform its operations, Boucher said during opening remarks.
The Week Ahead: Telecom's New Deal
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Premium Content
August 3rd, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 3, 2009 – The Federal Communication Commission’s aggressive press toward a federal broadband policy is the biggest telecommunications policy story at the moment, but there are still other more mundane matters going on at the agency.
Rural Utilities Service Outlines Its 'Community Connect' Rules
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Weekly Report
May 4th, 2009
DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.
Definitions and Broadband Measures Must Evolve, Account for On-the-Ground Realities
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
March 20th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – Debate about the broadband divide in America resurfaced at a Thursday afternoon public roundtable about how the federal government should spend $7.2 billion in broadband.
FCC Set to Press Forward on 'White Spaces,' But Pulls Comprehensive Overhaul of Telecom Payments
Universal Service, Wireless
November 4th, 2008
WASHINGTON, November 4 – The Federal Communications Commission on Monday deleted one of the four big-ticket items that it planned to tackle at its Tuesday open meeting, but resisted pressure to spike a rule that would force broadcasters to share the vacant spaces between television channels.
CWA Wants Better Broadband Data, As Does Internet for Everyone
July 17th, 2008
WASHINGTON, July 17 – Communications Workers of America this past week teamed up with a group of telecommunications companies, cable operators and non-profit groups to push for Congress to pass broadband data legislation. Internet for Everyone also wants better broadband.