FCC to use phone subsidy fund to pay for broadband

Feb 08, 2011 By JOELLE TESSLER , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Government regulators are planning to overhaul the $8 billion federal program that subsidizes telephone service in poor and rural areas in order to pay for high-speed Internet connections.

The voted 5-0 Tuesday to begin drafting a blueprint to bring the federal program, called the Universal Service Fund, into the digital age.

The program, which is supported by a surcharge on long-distance bills, was created to ensure that all Americans have access to a basic telephone line. The FCC now wants to use the fund to underwrite the cost of building and operating broadband networks in sparsely populated rural areas where it is uneconomical for private companies to offer service. Those networks would be able to handle regular voice calls as well as .

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Justsayin
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 08, 2011
Does the FCC have the consent of the governed or is this a few appointed bureaucrats making rules all by themselves... just sayin
Skultch
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2011
Sayin or askin?

We elect those that appoint. We can't elect everybody.
AkiBola
5 / 5 (1) Feb 09, 2011
"...bring the federal program, called the Universal Service Fund, into the digital age."

Instead of looking for new ways to spend money out of obsolete funds, pay off the national debt.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2011
One more step for more govt funding of Internet2.
Skultch
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2011
I have some questions about how these funds will be distributed and which companies will be building the infrastructure. I'd like to see more and smaller companies doing this work. Some rural areas merely need DSL equipment added, some need WISP, some need cable. I think diverse and local businesses can accomplish this better than megacorps who have tied themselves to a particular tech (Qwest, Comcast, etc).

That said, no matter what, this should end up being a net +. Addressing the digital divide between urban and rural peoples is essential for the positive evolution of the American society.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2011
I have some questions about how these funds will be distributed and which companies will be building the infrastructure. I'd like to see more and smaller companies doing this work. Some rural areas merely need DSL equipment added, some need WISP, some need cable. I think diverse and local businesses can accomplish this better than megacorps who have tied themselves to a particular tech (Qwest, Comcast, etc).

That said, no matter what, this should end up being a net +. Addressing the digital divide between urban and rural peoples is essential for the positive evolution of the American society.

Look at the companies associated with Internet2.
Skultch
1 / 5 (1) Feb 09, 2011
Look at the companies associated with Internet2.


And do what? I assume you think that is an answer to my question about who will be building local infrastructures. It isn't.

AT&T and Qwest? Am I doing your work for you? What's your point? Have you decided yet, or are you still working out how to spin this for your anarchist ideology?
ryggesogn2
not rated yet Feb 09, 2011
Qwest is a member of Internet2 along with ATT, Cisco, ....
http:/members.internet2.edu/corporate/corporate.cfm

What anarchy? I suspect this is all another govt/industry collusion. Govt will pick the 'winners'.
Skultch
5 / 5 (1) Feb 10, 2011
Qwest is a member of Internet2 along with ATT, Cisco, ....


Cisco is a hardware company, as is Juniper, and most on that list. Many more are software devs, like MS. Irrelevant to my question, so, no, you didn't answer it.

Instead....

What anarchy? I suspect this is all another govt/industry collusion. Govt will pick the 'winners'.


You took this as an opportunity to say "Gubment bad, mmmkay." I suppose we the people should just drop off bags of money in the town square so any telco company that wants to do the work can pick it up. Collusion; paaaalease!

The logical result of your ideological wishes is anarchy. You know this, yet play coy. So transparent.

Newsflash for Mongo: most people interested in science enough to be a regular poster on this site are assuredly smarter than you. Do you really think your simplistic shameful shillerosity will work, or are you just a bored retired guy?
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2011
The logical result ...

Is that the market will sort it out. So in the strict definition of 'anarchy', absence of govt.

are assuredly smarter than you.

Most support socialism which is causing all sorts of problems in Greece, the rest of Europe and in the USA. They are REALLY smart!
Skultch
5 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
The logical result ...

Is that the market will sort it out. So in the strict definition of 'anarchy', absence of govt.


Yeah!! Screw the people that suffer while we "sort it out"!!! Who's with me?!?!?!

are assuredly smarter than you.

Most support socialism which is causing all sorts of problems in Greece, the rest of Europe and in the USA. They are REALLY smart!


:facepalm:

.....aaaannnnnd yet another bastardization of the word 'socialism.'

Mongo's definition of socialism: two or more rules to doing business enforced by a 3rd party.

Yep, I guess that's me. smh
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
Mongo's definition of socialism: two or more rules to doing business enforced by a 3rd party.

No.
Establishment of blu-ray as a standard was not forced by the state.
Businesses mutually agree to rules every day in order to DO business and make a profit by satisfying the needs of their customers.
The FCC and other agencies make rules which are are not mutually agreed to. But, who cares? The FCC is the govt and can use force to punish those who do not comply.
That is the difference between socialism, COERCION, and markets, PERSUASION.

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