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.

HughesNet Claims First FCC Broadband Defined 25 Mbps Satellite Broadband Service

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Hughes Network Systems announced today what it bills as “the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads – from coast to coast.” Scheduled to go live on March...Learn More

CFO: TDS Telecom Fiber Take Rates Exceed Expectations

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TDS Telecom fiber take rates are exceeding expectations in the 28 markets where the company has deployed fiber to support broadband service at rates up to 1 Gbps, said Vicki Villacrez, chief financial officer for the company, in a presentation at a financial conference yesterday....Learn More

$212 Million in Broadband Funding Awarded to 26 Carriers Including FairPoint, Frontier, and TDS

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The state of New York this week awarded nearly $212 million in funding to bring broadband to parts of the state where service is not available today or is only available at low speeds. The broadband funding awarded went to 26 companies, including cable companies,...Learn More

FCC Adopts $453M Mobility Fund, CAF Auction Weighting Factors for Rural Broadband Support

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Updated later February 23 with additional information from the FCC The FCC today voted to establish a mobility fund as part of broader plans to transition the traditional Universal Service Fund (USF) program to a Connect America Fund (CAF) program that will focus on broadband...Learn More

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

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