USF Reform Takes a Big Step Forward

The proposal includes the creation of a new fund, the Connect America Fund, that will have an annual budget capped at $4.5 billion to support wired” broadband expansion.

The End of Ubiquity

Nearly 10 percent of Americans have no access to broadband services and another 20 percent have access that is too low/slow to support advanced Internet services such as video or streaming data such as required for Pandora.

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There will be no USF or ICC reforms for several years, but if not correctly devised, the impact on the Internet and IP-related services and applications will be devastating.

Holy Massive Bureaucratic Report, IP Man!

The U.S. ranks sixth among the G7 and is at risk of falling to seventh when Access, Speed and Price (ASP) are compared. This includes the broadband that is available in our cities and metropolitan areas.

FCC Floundering May Be Over

For the first time in months it would seem the Democrats and Republicans on the FCC concur about the importance of something. It seems that the floundering over whether to modernize the USF and ICC system is over.

Peer-to-Peer Blog: Pins and Needles

The FCC voted to reform the Universal Service Fund and potentially eliminate the InterCarrier Compensation (ICC) system this week and there were no screams of protest.

FCC Cancels Divisive ICC/USF Vote

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has caved to the pressure. The agency announced Monday afternoon commissioners will not follow through with the scheduled Election Day vote on proposed, controversial intercarrier compensation/Universal Service Fund (ICC/USF) reform. The cancellation is a blow to Bell companies. AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) all had backed […]

Judge Blocks Wholesale Phone-Rate Hike in Illinois

A judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Illinois telecom regulator from imposing new wholesale phone rates that would have allowed SBC Communications Inc. to charge rivals more money to lease its local network. Charles P. Kocoras, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, ruled that a […]

Regulatory News – SBC Subsidiary Charged with Consumer Fraud

Posted: 03/2001 SBC Subsidiary Charged with Consumer Fraud Illinois Regulators Scrutinize Ameritech’s QoS Problems By Kim Sunderland The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC, www.icc.state.il .us) recently found Ameritech Corp., a subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com), guilty of fraudulent marketing of a controversial rate plan. The ICC subsequently banned Ameritech from marketing the plan, which the incumbent […]

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