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While Universal Service Reforms Show Promise, Politics Clouds Fund’s Future

Broadband's Impact 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.

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Moderator Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute, with panelists Mignon Clyburn, James Assey, Blair Levin, Gregory Rosston, and Bradley Wimmer.


Obama Follows Up State Of The Union Speech with Silicon Valley Powwow

People, The Innovation Economy February 18th, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, 2011 — President Obama checked in with the U.S.’ titans of tech on Thursday in a brief swing through Silicon Valley before heading north to Oregon to visit Intel.

Consumers Willing to Upgrade, but Slow to Embrace Super-Fast Technology

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact October 5th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 5, 2010 – Consumers are willing to pay a large amount to upgrade their internet access speeds from slow to fast, but are more reluctant to upgrade from fast to super-fast, according to a research paper discussed at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference last week.’s Experience Using the Network Diagnostic Tool as a Beta Speed Test

Press Releases July 23rd, 2008

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, July 21 – The higher-education networking consortium Internet2 released a case study about and its use of the Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) speed test. This “case study” was distributed at the Joint Techs Workshops: an international conference of networking engineers, taking place here from July 19-24.

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