• FCC Announces Team to Combat Universal Service Fraud
    The USF Strike Force will concentrate on protecting the Universal Service Fund, whose disbursements exceeded $8.7 billion in 2012, as well as other funding programs overseen by the FCC. ...More
    July 15, 2014 By Josh Long Posted in News
  • FCC Bashed for USF 'Wasting' Taxpayer Money
    Federal building
    A new study says the Federal Communications Commission is wasting up to $24,000 per line, per year on phone subsidies going to high-income areas around the U.S. – money that is supposed to go to remote, rural areas. ...More
    July 13, 2013 By Craig Galbraith Posted in News
  • NTCA CEO Bloomfield’s Call to Arms
    Rural Wireless
    Shirley Bloomfield tells rural operators to stop being so polite and work together to create some angst at the FCC about its proposed rule making. ...More
    March 14, 2012 By Tim McElligott Posted in Articles
  • NARUC Appeals FCC Order on Universal Service, Intercarrier Compensation
    The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is asking a court to find that the FCC's order is arbitrary and capricious, beyond the FCC's jurisdiction, authority or power, an abuse of discretion and otherwise not in accordance with law. ...More
    January 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • FCC Releases Massive Order on Telecom Reform
    Big file folder
    The FCC released the gargantuan order after voting unanimously last month to create the $4.5 billion Connect America Fund that the agency anticipates will expand broadband access to more than 7 million rural U.S. residents over the next six years. ...More
    November 22, 2011 By Josh Long Posted in News
  • FCC Creates $4.5B Broadband Fund in Major Telecom Overhaul
    Moneybags, cash
    The FCC has voted to modernize the multibillion-dollar fund that subsidizes telecommunications services and reform the convoluted and inequitable system by which telephone companies pay one another to connect calls. ...More
    October 27, 2011 By Josh Long Posted in News
  • FCC Chairman Outlines Plan to Reform Antiquated Communications Fund, Compensation Regime
    Julius Genachowski wants to transition to the Universal Service Fund to a so-called Connect America Fund that would ultimately bring broadband to 18 million homes without high-speed Internet access today and deploy a mobile broadband network to roughly 100,000 road miles. ...More
    October 6, 2011 By Josh Long Posted in News
  • Senators Back Efforts to Reform Universal Service
    Earlier this year, the FCC moved to reform the roughly $8 billion Universal Service Fund in hopes of fixing an inefficient program and bringing broadband Internet coverage to the entire nation, including remote areas such as Indian reservations. ...More
    September 30, 2011 By Josh Long Posted in News
  • Unresolved Intercarrier Compensation Issues A Drag On Competition
    Despite decades of tinkering meant to improve the intercarrier compensation process, a lack of clarity, a lack of vision, and a lack of authoritative ownership have combined with continuously evolving technology to create a system that may be beyond fixing. ...More
    July 11, 2011 Posted in Reports, Billing
  • Winning the Race for Universal Broadband
    By the time policy change reaches rural America, ITU researchers will already be on hand admiring the local broadband infrastructure and raising the country’s marks on high-speed Internet access. ...More
    May 24, 2011 Posted in Blog
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