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FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to Bill Dollar

Re: He has no plan for competition

Here is the only thing that will come from the broadband plan:

Wired: Will you ask for a universal service fund for broadband?

Genachowski: The universal service fund over the last several decades has promoted near-universal deployment of telephone service in our country. It needs to be transformed to a broadband universal service fund. That’s the path that we’ll lay out in the broadband plan, transforming it over time so that it doesn’t support yesterday’s communications technology but supports tomorrow’s. We’ll be suggesting options to do it over 10 years or faster.
Unfortunately, the usf will be revamped and expanded to increase the tax burden on internet users; cellphone users; and telephone users and the extra usf money will be doled out in those favored congressional districts so that the pols voting for this can send some pork to their home districts.


Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

One person familiar with the plan tells me they believe there will be a new $1 fee (or more) levied on each broadband connection. I'll give you one guess where the majority of that money is going to go. AT&T and Verizon have been lobbying to "reform" the USF for five years, but their version of "reform" involves more money going to them, less money going to small carriers, and the same level of FCC accountability in tracking money expenditures we've grown used to...



FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

said by Karl Bode:

One person familiar with the plan tells me they believe there will be a new $1 fee (or more) levied on each broadband connection. I'll give you one guess where the majority of that money is going to go. AT&T and Verizon have been lobbying to "reform" the USF for five years, but their version of "reform" involves more money going to them, less money going to small carriers, and the same level of FCC accountability in tracking money expenditures we've grown used to...
Seems we agree once again.


Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
reply to Karl Bode

Of course it does....we shouldn't be shocked that the major corporations are running this train

They have for some time now and will continue in the future