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.

TDS A-CAM Funded Broadband Expansion in Full Swing, Projects Underway in Five States

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TDS has released a series of announcements highlighting rural broadband expansion, funded in part from the FCC’s Connect America Fund. These TDS A-CAM (Alternative Connect America Cost Model) funded broadband projects include markets in five states. The A-CAM program offers $5.283 billion in support for...Learn More

Frontier Touts Early Achievement of CAF Buildout Requirements for Rural Broadband

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Frontier said today that it has deployed broadband to 40% of the locations in nine states for which the company accepted Connect America Fund (CAF) dollars, putting the company ahead of schedule in meeting CAF buildout requirements. Those requirements call for the 40% milestone to...Learn More

GAO: Report Finds Evidence of FCC Lifeline Program Fraud

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A three-year study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed evidence of FCC Lifeline program fraud. Evidence included large numbers of fake and deceased recipients, lack of verification of more than one-third of participants and other significant management and procedural problems, according to...Learn More

NTCA: $300M in Rural Broadband Investment at Risk Due to USF Reductions

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There are ongoing reductions in the total amount of funding provided by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to regulated telcos due to federal budget control mechanisms that are chilling rural broadband investment, according to a survey by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. The average reduction in...Learn More

Iowa TV News Report Highlights Complexity, Risks of Rural Broadband Regulatory Framework

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Local Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI featured a story recently on ‘cord cutting’ of wireline telephone service that highlights the challenges of the current rural broadband regulatory framework for small, rural telcos. The report is somewhat misleading, in that it doesn’t provide a full explanation....Learn More

Stakeholders Urge Senate to Address USF Funding Shortfall for Rural Broadband

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Stakeholders today urged the U.S. Senate to address a funding shortfall in the Universal Service Fund estimated at approximately $210 million annually, with the goal of spurring broadband deployment to rural areas by covering a portion of deployment costs. In a hearing conducted by the...Learn More

RLECs on USF Contributions: We Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Paying on Broadband

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Two telco organizations filed a joint petition with the FCC yesterday asking the commission to temporarily reverse a previous decision that requires rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) to make contributions into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on broadband as well as voice revenues. The...Learn More

Colorado Broadband Policy Targets Unserved Rural Areas

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Some states, including Colorado, are not relying solely on federal programs to help bring broadband to unserved rural areas. Telecompetitor recently interviewed Tony Neal-Graves, associate director of the Colorado Broadband Office, about Colorado broadband policy and about the $2.1 million in grant funding that will...Learn More

CFO: ‘Non-sustainable’ T-Mobile Lifeline Business to be Phased Out

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T-Mobile’s business selling service to low-income users whose costs are paid, at least in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program is “non-sustainable,” said Braxton Carter, T-Mobile chief financial officer today.  T-Mobile Lifeline customers represent 4.4 million of the carrier’s 73 million subscribers...Learn More

Filing Urges Changes to USF Funded FCC Rural Healthcare-Broadband Programs

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A filing made last week urges changes to the FCC rural healthcare-broadband programs, arguing that the Universal Service Fund (USF) rural healthcare, telecom and e-rate schools and libraries programs would be more effective if they did not operate as isolated silos. The filing came from...Learn More

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion to 140K+ Homes in Four States

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Approximately 140K+ rural homes in across four states in the south have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier CAF investments, the company reported yesterday. Impacted states include West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. With 134K homes, West Virginia saw the bulk...Learn More

FCC Gets Set for Broadband Reclassification; Clyburn Fears USF Impact

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As expected, the FCC today took steps toward broadband reclassification as a Title I information service, rather than a Title II telecommunications service – a move that would represent a return to the regulatory approach used prior to 2015 and that could also be a...Learn More

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