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.

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

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Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the FCC approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association. Some wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas currently receive funding through the traditional high-cost universal service...Learn More

Could Rural Healthcare Technology Address Resource Shortages?

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Technology could help address America’s rural healthcare crisis, argues the CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, provider of electronic health record technology, in a well-researched and link-laden blog post. The rural healthcare technology referenced in the blog post includes using video connections to enable remotely located...Learn More

FCC Lifeline Reversal on FreedomPop, Eight Others Draws Fire

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The FCC Friday said nine service providers would not be able to collect funding from the commission’s Lifeline program, which pays part of the costs of communications services for qualified low-income users – at least for now and possibly not ever. According to FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges

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Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor. In discussing fixed 5G vs....Learn More

FCC’s O’Rielly: Any New Federal Broadband Funding Should Go to USF

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As lawmakers consider making new funding available for infrastructure initiatives, which could include broadband, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly argued in a blog post today that any new federal broadband funding should be directed to the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) program. In the blog post,...Learn More

Up to $170 Million New York Connect America Funding to be Awarded by the State

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The state of New York, rather than the FCC, will award up to $170 million in broadband Connect America funding to network operators to help cover the cost of bringing broadband to areas of the state where broadband is not available today. The funding, originally...Learn More

TDS A-CAM Broadband Support Will Total $75 Million Annually

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TDS Telecom will be able to improve broadband service to a majority of the company’s wireline locations in the U.S. thanks to a 10-year $75 million annual cash infusion from the FCC high-cost universal service program, the company said yesterday. TDS is one of about...Learn More

FCC: Carriers Accept $4.5 Billion in Revised A-CAM Broadband Support for Rural Broadband Expansion

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The majority of rural rate of return carriers that initially opted to receive broadband support based on the FCC alternative Connect America model (A-CAM) have reconfirmed those plans based on revised A-CAM broadband support offers. Those offers were reduced when demand for the A-CAM program...Learn More

Get Ready for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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Updated January 24 President Trump has chosen FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to be the new FCC chairman, replacing Tom Wheeler, according to news reports. Pai has served on the commission since 2012. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is likely to reverse some actions taken by his...Learn More

Rise Broadband Cites CAF Program for Broadband Expansion, Adds 10 ‘Enhanced’ Broadband Markets

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Broadband wireless provider Rise Broadband issued a press release today noting that it had expanded its network in 10 market areas in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) program. Rise apparently is referring to new buildouts supported, at least in part, by the...Learn More

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