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“We are deeply disappointed” in Comcast service, says Comcast VP

“We are deeply disappointed” in Comcast service, says Comcast VP | UniversalService | Scoop.it
Comcast admits it needs a "kick in the butt" to improve customer service.
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The photo leading this story is priceless!

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San Francisco could charge Google, others for use of public bus stops

San Francisco could charge Google, others for use of public bus stops | UniversalService | Scoop.it
The free ride for tech companies San Francisco may be coming to an end. A new city pilot program could begin charging companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook who shuttle employees to their...
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How ridiculous is this! San Francisco should be praising Google for enhancing the value of their infrastructure rather than charging them!

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Broadband inclusion research Karen Mossberger says innovation alone is not enough

Broadband inclusion research Karen Mossberger says innovation alone is not enough | UniversalService | Scoop.it
Karen Mossberger, a premier national researcher on broadband inclusion kicked off a six-month series of City Club speakers Friday, by telling the crowd that "innovation in a region alone is not enough." Internet use is necessary to participate in...
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Innovation + education = better approaches to broadband adoption and usage.

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Eligibility for broadband subsidies harder to prove under Senate farm bill requirements - Steve Blum's Blog

Eligibility for broadband subsidies harder to prove under Senate farm bill requirements - Steve Blum's Blog | UniversalService | Scoop.it
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Interesting point about Senate-passed farm bill (which died in the House) and how it might make Connect America Fund subsidies harder to get.

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NCTA Says Farm Bill Needs to Fix RUS Program - 2013-05-07 19:40:56 | Broadcasting & Cable

Says broadband loans still going to overbuild existing service
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One of a number of ammendments currently in play as the Farm Bill comes to the Senate. Senate has adjourned consideration for now, but will be back to consider it next month in June....

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Rural Health Care Program - Universal Service Administrative Company - USAC.org

The universal service Rural Health Care Program provides reduced rates for telecommunications services and Internet access to eligible health care providers.
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Each of the programs of the Universal Service Fund are being ravamped. It will interesting to see if USAC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, can rise to the challenge with all the moving parts.

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Concerns Raised About Phone Subsidy Fraud for Poor

Concerns Raised About Phone Subsidy Fraud for Poor | UniversalService | Scoop.it
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Lifeline is about to get a major overhaul!

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Industry Insights, Policy Developments Pack Second Day of Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo | NTCA

Industry Insights, Policy Developments Pack Second Day of Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo | NTCA | UniversalService | Scoop.it

During the second full day of the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and EXPO, participants heard from a number of industry leaders about telecommunications trends and challenges facing rural telecom.

 

NTCA and OPASTCO leaders Sandy Vandevender, Mike Osborne, Terry Force and Rhonda Armstrong took the stage during the Opening General Session, which also featured speeches from OPASTCO President John Rose, NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield and longtime NTCA general counsel Jim Bass, who was honored for his more than 50 years of service to the association.

 

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel drew applause when she called the 2011 USF reforms "extremely complex" and vowed to continue working to simplify new rules to make them more workable for rural telecommunications providers. "Our policies must inspire confidence to invest in broadband and wireless infrastructure," Rosenworcel said. The commissioner also addressed rural call completion problems and reported that the commission plans to soon issue a notice of proposed rulemaking imposing additional data retention requirements on originating carriers.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Does anyone know what the vibe has been like at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and EXPO meeting?

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A closer look at communities thriving in unexpected places | TED Blog

A closer look at communities thriving in unexpected places | TED Blog | UniversalService | Scoop.it
In Iwan Baan's TED Talk, he shows 154 images in rapid succession. Here, he lets you spend more time with them, and appreciate the detail.
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I wonder what kind of broadband they have in these buildings? Fascinating look at a building in Caracas.

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Broadband Policy Roundtable: Universal Service for the Next Generation : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Broadband Policy Roundtable: Universal Service for the Next Generation : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | UniversalService | Scoop.it
Expert panelists representing national and state perspectives engage in a Roundtable discussion of local concerns on the topic Universal Service for the Next...
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From California, a video on the next generation of Universal Service, and how the USF should be revamped.

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Broadband Map - Internet Service Provider Crowdsourcing Feedback - National Broadband Map

Broadband Map - Internet Service Provider Crowdsourcing Feedback - National Broadband Map | UniversalService | Scoop.it
The National Broadband Map (NBM) is a searchable and interactive website that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States.
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Crowdsourcing data on the National Broadband Map. There is so much data to examine and explore at http://broadbandmap.gov

 

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United States Senator Patrick Leahy

United States Senator Patrick Leahy | UniversalService | Scoop.it
Senator Leahy works hard to convey to Vermont what he is doing each day on their behalf and on behalf of the state. He works with the media as often as he can to help communicate the news back home.
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See Sen. Leahy's release on bringing gigabit fiber developments to rural Vermont...and read more at http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2013/06/senate-passed-version-of-farm-bill-includes-leahy-amendment-promoting-gigabit-broadband-in-rural-areas/

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3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign | FCC.gov

3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign | FCC.gov | UniversalService | Scoop.it
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Tracking the launch of EveryoneOn and its sister organization connect2compete.org... here's the FCC blog post regarding the initial March 21 kick-off.

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Rockefeller: Schools Need 1 Gigabit-Per-Second Broadband Speeds | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com

Rockefeller: Schools Need 1 Gigabit-Per-Second Broadband Speeds | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com | UniversalService | Scoop.it
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With major reforms in the Connect America Fund, and the Mobility Fund, and the Broadband Lifeline Pilot, is it any accident that changes in the eRate program will be on the way?

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Sen. Rockefeller's idea here hearkens to an idea that Canada deployed, more than 10 years ago, in pursuit of it's broadband policy.

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ISP Data Caps in the Era of Downloadable Games - IGN

ISP Data Caps in the Era of Downloadable Games - IGN | UniversalService | Scoop.it
Internet service providers are finally admitting data caps have little to do with congestion, but what does this all mean for gamers?
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The issue of data caps, already a significant one for wireless broadband plans, may become an issue for land-line technology, too. We'll be discussing "Data Caps for Wireless Broadband, the Spectrum Crunch and the Wireless Home," at our next Broadband Breakfast Club. Regiser at http://http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com/

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The issue of data caps, already a significant one for wireless broadband plans, may become an issue for land-line technology, too. We'll be discussing "Data Caps for Wireless Broadband, the Spectrum Crunch and the Wireless Home," at our next Broadband Breakfast Club. Regiser at http://http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com/