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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.

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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.

Federal Lawmakers Introduce USF Reform Act

Congressional Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., have introduced a bill to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). Boucher and Terry on Thursday released the text of their bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2007. They are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecom. The bill proposes to […]

ROUND TABLE

… On whats on the regulatory horizon for 2007. The USF, and continued mergers and acquisitions will dominate the regulatory landscape. The map is getting reconfigured.Blair Levin, Stifel Nicolaus analyst The focus will shift from Congress to the FCC, where USF and intercarrier compensation reform will take center stage. The Missoula Plan, shaped in part […]

Regulatory Workshop to Explore Weighty Issues

Hazy VoIP oversight. Megamergers. No more UNE-P mandates. Reclassification of the Bells DSL services. So much is happening in the regulatory landscape it can be hard to keep up. Thursdays regulatory workshop, New Landscape, New Challenges, sponsored by Dickstein Shapiro LLP, will help COMPTEL members learn more about the issues affecting them, as well as […]

Clock Ticks on Telecom Reform

MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER Congress set out to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the likelihood that a new law will emerge this Congressional session is in doubt. Efforts at reform have been spearheaded on both the House and Senate, with the House first to pass a bill the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) […]

USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the outcome of […]

Net Neutrality Debate Explodes Onto Telecom Reform Stage

The factions are rising against Bell interests this week, nearly seven days after the House Energy and Commerce Committee stripped net neutrality provisions from the most likely proposal so far for telecom reform. On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 in the House, more as a means to draw […]

Stevens Introduces 135-Page Telecom Reform Bill, Glosses Over Net Neutrality

Culminating months of hearings on the details germane to a rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday introduced his proposal for telecom reform. The 135-page working draft dubbed the Communications, Consumers Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 addresses U.S. broadband deployment, changes to video franchising requirements, the Universal Service Fund […]

Stevens to Keynote COMPTEL PLUS With Special Guest Martin

This afternoon at COMPTEL PLUS in San Diego will be devoted to a keynote speech discussing the telecom policy changes floating throughout Washington, D.C. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, during the 25th Anniversary COMPTEL event, will highlight his work on and expectations for updates to the Telecommunications Act of 1996; he will be followed by special […]

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