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Monthly Archives: November 2016

For these reasons, NTCA is urging the FCC to provide sufficient funding to cover both the severe budget shortfall on the non-model side (especially the early years of implementing these reforms) and to satisfy the demand for model-based support needed over ten years to enable the expansion of broadband. Without sufficient funding for both, the promise of these reforms – affordable standalone broadband and greater broadband deployment – will remain unfulfilled for millions of rural consumers.”

Excerpt from a Tuesday blog posting of NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield expressing concerns regarding federal funding for the high-cost Universal Service program. Last week the FCC’s Wireline Bureau announced that nationally, 216 rate-of-return telcos (5 PTA Member Companies), had elected to receive funding under the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM).

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“It would adversely affect the dynamism of the open Internet, dragging down our economy and diminishing the responsiveness of our government in the process. It represents an all-out assault on internet and pay-TV customers’ pocketbooks and reduces competition in these vital sectors. “

There is little doubt where the 18 interest groups who issued a news release with the above excerpt stand on the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. The coalition urged both presidential candidates to oppose the union and “growing monopoly power in America.” Former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause special adviser Michael Copps released an accompanying missive […]

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