Posts Tagged ‘Universal Service’

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Title II Reclassification of Broadband On The Table

Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Universal Service September 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – During a House Small Business Committee meeting on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler comfortably discoursed on his years as a small business owner. The hearing covered topics including broadband’s impact on small businesses, that lack of rural broadband competition and network neutrality. The FCC “will continue to orient […]

Broadband Infrastructure to Rural Areas is on the Move at the Broadband Breakfast Club

Broadband TV, Broadband Updates, Fiber, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service, Wireless, WISP October 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2011 – Rural broadband providers, national union members, federal agency officials and state broadband administrators squared off on Tuesday at the Broadband Breakfast Club’s keynote and panel presentations on “Bringing Broadband Infrastructure to Rural Areas: Where is the Progress?”

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Australia Expands Universal Service Goal

Australia, International August 2nd, 2010

WASHINGTON August 3, 2010- While many of the nations of the world are struggling to bring basic high speed access to their populations Australia has announced that it will expand its already ambitious goal. Initially the National Broadband Network was supposed to reach 90% of the Australian population recently the Prime Minister announced that the program will now expand to 93% of the population.

UK to Push Universal Service Goal Back 3 Years

Europe, International, Universal Service July 15th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 15, 2010 – With a tightening budget the United Kingdom government has decided to push back their universal service deadline by 3 years. Last year the nation had committed to bringing 2 Megabits per second to all citizens by 2012 but will now push the deadline to 2015. Tory Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed that the plan which was developed by the Labour party was impractical giving budget constraints.

FCC Uncovers New Funding For Universal Service Program

FCC, Universal Service July 7th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2010 – Last week, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) released a budget projecting that $900 million in unused administrative costs would be extended to schools and libraries, pursuant to the FCC’s Universal Service Program. The unused funding comes from FCC budget surpluses in the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The FCC will extend the funds irrespective of the annual cap, pursuant to Section 54.507(a)(2) of the Commission’s rules, which states states, in part, that “all funds that are collected and that are unused from prior years shall be available for use in the next full funding year of the schools and libraries mechanism in accordance with the public interest and notwithstanding the annual cap.”

Webinar Presents Telehealth Data and Recommendations

Broadband's Impact July 7th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 7, 2010 Independent analyst firm Ovum presented a webinar to present the drivers and barriers to telehealth adoption, the current competition environment, and recommendations for health-care providers and patients.

The webinar was presented by the authors of two recent telehealth reports, “Telehealth: Something old, something new,” and “Telehealth in Europe – From pilot to mainstream?” Christine Chang, presented the North American telehealth climate, while Cornelia Wels-Maug focused on telehealth issues in Europe.

Finland Declares Broadband Access a Right

International, Universal Service July 1st, 2010

WASHINGTON July 1, 2010- In an amendment to the Communications Market Act broadband access was added as a right for all citizens and business. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) will ensure that all citizens have access to broadband connection with a minimum down speed of 1Mbps. This service will be provided via universal service requirements.

Congress Asks FCC to Increase Rural Broadband Goals

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service June 2nd, 2010

WASHINGTON June 2, 2010– A bipartisan coalition of 40 congressional officials has sent FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski a letter asserting that the official goal of 4 mbps for rural broadband is too low.

Rural and Tribal Telcos Unique Needs Require Unique Solutions, Execs Say

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA June 18th, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 — Properly measuring rural broadband access and availability with a broader set of definitions was necessary to reform the Universal Service Fund, a group of rural and tribal telecom executives said Thursday at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit.

Wireline, Wireless Providers Clash on USF Reform, Special Access, Adoption in Broadband Strategy Comments

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service June 10th, 2009

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009 – In comments filed Monday before the Federal Communications Commission on its plan to unveil a national broadband strategy, Old foes got a fresh chance to spar over long-standing battles on Special Access rates, Universal Service reform, and deployment versus adoption rates as a metric for success.

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