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FCC chairman announces plan to increase broadband availability in US

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 07 Oct 2011 16:53 User comments (7)

FCC chairman announces plan to increase broadband availability in US Yesterday FCC Chairmain Julius Genachowski outlined a plan he says will increase broadband Internet penetration in rural parts of the US, delivering service to 18 million people.
The plan he is proposing would involve major changes to rules for the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system, both of which were created to subsidize rural phone service.

Explaining his position on the current USF rules, he said:

USF is outdated. It still focuses on the telephone, while high-speed Internet is rapidly becoming our essential communications platform not only for voice, but for text and video, and is an indispensable platform for innovation and job creation.


He was even more critical of the ICC system:

Like USF, the current ICC system is unfair to American consumers: It forces hundreds of millions of consumers across the country to pay higher bills to subsidize monthly local telephone bills as low as $8 for other consumers. The current ICC system is also creating substantial uncertainty and widespread disputes, which are being fought in courthouses and state commissions throughout the country, about the proper treatment of Voice over IP traffic for ICC purposes. And ICC hasn't adapted to technology and marketplace changes, creating competitive distortions and loopholes that companies have exploited in devious ways to game the system.


He didn't elaborate on details of the plan, which will be voted on at a meeting of FCC commissioners on October 27. He did, however say it would take 5 years to complete.

He also promises his proposed changes to the ICC system would close loopholes currently used by some rural telephone providers to use government funding to subsidize services for customers far outside their coverage areas.

If the plan is approved later this month, there will be a 60 day delay to allow for legal challenges. If challenged, it could be significantly longer, depending on how long it takes the courts to sort things out.

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7 user comments

17.10.2011 22:39

because the only thing you cant monitor without a physical tap is the good ol telephone system.

28.10.2011 0:08

And it will still take 20 years to get the damned communications outlets to step up their game because they're still bickering about capping the bandwidth limit over the myopic amount we're paying for now.

Case in point; 1080p television existed in the early to mid 1980s in Japan, but the US was so tight assed they didn't want to spend the money to upgrade the equipment to broadcast in such a thing. Not to mention the fact that it took them over 15 years to broadcast in stereo sound which was a no brainer seeing as the VHF signal at the time could easily carry the stereo sound as it was a freebie carrier signal anyway (in a manner of speaking).

It's like Bloomberg speaking truthfully about taxing the rich & the befuckazillion dollar corporations in order to get things straight & even with the economy. He has the money & clout, so saying he's a crackpot isn't going to carry the same weight as putting the label on me. But the elitists will still never go for it.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Oct 2011 @ 0:11

38.10.2011 5:52

"We are from the government, and we are here to help you"...if you ever hear that, do whatever you have to do to get away.



48.10.2011 11:58

Originally posted by KillerBug:
"We are from the government, and we are here to help you"...if you ever hear that, do whatever you have to do to get away.
Cash & passports are at the ready...

58.10.2011 21:57

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Cash & passports are at the ready...

Aren't cash and passports from 'the evil government?'
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Oct 2011 @ 21:57

68.10.2011 23:03

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Cash & passports are at the ready...

Aren't cash and passports from 'the evil government?'
Necessary tools used to render unto Caesar that which is his in order to ease one's escape...

79.10.2011 2:57

Cash is from the Federal Reserve...not from the government.

As for the passport, it wouldn't be much use if the government was looking for you...unless it was a fake you printed yourself of course.



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