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Posted In: broadband deployment, broadband service providers, FCC, rural America, universal service, USF contributions
Citing the discriminatory nature of current Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution requirements, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom today filed with the FCC a joint petition for targeted, temporary forbearance from certain USF contributions for small, rural broadband providers until the completion of further...
Posted In: Connect America Fund, consumers, FCC, FCC Open Meeting , rural America, universal service
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “...
Posted In: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, FCC, FCC Open Meeting , universal service
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds....
Posted In: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, rural America, special access, Tech Transition, universal service
Getting mired in the weeds of important (but sometimes mind-numbing) details of FCC proceedings can distract from the big picture goal we all share: making sure broadband is available to all businesses and consumers throughout the nation. Accomplishing this will take a continuing commitment from providers that have already invested...
Attached is a spreadsheet identifying CAF II supported census blocks that have been assigned to a price cap carrier and claimed by another. The attachment specifies, for each block, the carrier that was originally assigned the block and the carrier that it should have been assigned to. Correcting these census block assignments will not affect the...
Posted In: Administration , broadband benefits, broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, infrastructure, universal service
As Congress begins discussing the possibility of making improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, there is growing support to include broadband as a core part of new funding and incentive programs. In a joint op-ed published in The Hill, USTelecom and NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association propose a simple roadmap to get more...
Posted In: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband investment, FCC, FCC Open Meeting , universal service
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved orders that would facilitate buildout of rural broadband, modernize broadband provider accounting rules, and temporarily waive enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers. The following statement is from USTelecom...
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is pleased to submit its comments in response to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether additional high-cost funding for the voluntary path to the model should be provided. In the FNPRM, the Commission notes that commenters to...
WC 10-90, 13-184 & CC 02-6 et al: USTelecom Reply Comments in Response to the Public Notice from the Wireline Competition Bureau
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments in response to the Public Notice (Notice) issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission). Multiple parties filed comments on the two petitions (collectively, “the Petitions”) identified in the Notice...