USF/ICC Zone

The changing landscape of USF and ICC have profound implications on the broadband ecosystem. Stay tuned to Telecompetitor for the latest news, analysis, & commentary.

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1...Learn More

TDS “Very Pleased” with Revised A-CAM Broadband Funding Offer

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At least one rate of return carrier appears satisfied with the revised A-CAM broadband funding it was offered in late December. Addressing investors at a financial conference yesterday, TDS Telecom corporate relations executive Jane McCahon referred to the company’s revised offer as a “positive development.”...Learn More

NTCA Asks Governors to Urge Trump Team for Rural Broadband Funding

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Rural stakeholders are hoping state governors can help in obtaining additional federal rural broadband funding. Just before the winter holiday break, Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, sent a letter to the National Governors Association asking them to highlight...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More

Canada Broadband Universal Service: 50 Mbps Speed Target, Up to $750 Million New Funding

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Canadian regulators have declared broadband a universal service and have set an ambitious target speed of 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. The Canada broadband universal service plans call for transitioning an existing $100 million annual voice-focused fund to broadband and making additional funding...Learn More

FCC Partially Addresses A-CAM Universal Service Budget Shortfall

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The FCC adopted a report and order, released late yesterday, that frees up an additional $50 million annually for rate of return carriers that adopted the model-based A-CAM Universal Service option. More carriers than expected chose that option, creating a $160 million budget shortfall in...Learn More

$3.5 Million in Rural Broadband Experiment Support Authorized for Minnesota Project

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The FCC has authorized Rural Broadband Experiment support totaling nearly $3.5 million for Lake Connections, a community-owned network in rural Lake County, Minnesota.  The support will go toward bringing broadband service to 845 census blocks comprising 8,497 locations that do not have broadband available to...Learn More

FCC Seeks More Than $76 Million from Two Carriers for Alleged USF Violations

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The FCC plans to fine Hawaii-based Sandwich Isles Communications more than $49 million for allegedly violating rules of the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) and to require the company to repay over $27 million in improper USF payments.  In an unrelated development, the commission also...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

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Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers...Learn More

FairPoint Broadband Coverage Extended to 18,300 Locations Across 50 Markets

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A recently completed project extends FairPoint broadband coverage to 50 communities in their New England footprint. Extending the company’s fiber network some 17,000 miles, the FairPoint broadband service expansion brings high-speed Internet connectivity to some areas that have never had it before and/or raises network...Learn More

$21.7 Million Fine Planned, Alleging USF FCC Rural Health Care Program Fraud

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The FCC plans to fine telecom services reseller Network Services Solutions and its chief executive $21.7 million for apparent violations involving alleged FCC Rural Health Care program fraud, a program of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The fraud violation fine is the result of Network...Learn More