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My Turn: A model for Alaska's road to economic growth: Boutique steps

...not address the investment amount which was estimated at over $1 billion especially as the federal support (Universal Service Fund) is declining for service providers in Alaska. Given the robust size of the investment (i.e., $1 billion...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-08-31/my-turn-model-alaskas-road-economic-g
Opinion
For school district budget, it's a game of wait and see

...operations.? E-Rate revenue will remain at $175,000 (E-Rate is the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, directed by the Federal Communications Commission...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-12/school-district-budget-its-game-wait-an
Local
FCC chairman discusses unique state needs at roundtable

...He also discussed changes to the e-rate program that are in the works. The e-rate program is part of the Universal Service Fund, and provides discounted access to telecommunications and internet services for schools and libraries throughout...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-05/fcc-chairman-discusses-unique-state-nee
State
GCI, Alaska Communications team up on wireless business

...another catalyst for the partnership was the Federal Communications Commission decision to reallocate $4 billion in Universal Service Fund high cost support payments to support rural broadband build-outs.The cuts impacted revenue for both providers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-06-06/gci-alaska-communications-team-wireless
State
My Turn: Protecting Alaska from misguided federal oversight

...former Chairman, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated an effort to "modernize and update" the Universal Service Fund (USF), a system that has been in place for decades to support the availability and affordability of critical...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-08-07/my-turn-protecting-alaska-misguided-f
Opinion
Parnell concerned about broadband plan

...broadband infrastructure. The existing fund, the universal service fund, or USF, was established in 1997 after the passage...plan. Redirecting the high cost component of the Universal Service Fund to the Connect America Fund will hurt rural areas...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071210/sta_675033357.shtml
News
Phone breaks elude state?

...And Alaska will continue to benefit from the universal service fund, Balmoris said. Alaska Communications Systems...Meanwhile, charges on phone bills to support a universal service fund are expected to increase, Tindall said. ``Adding...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060200/Loc_phone.html
Local
GCI, Alaska Communications team up on wireless

...another catalyst for the partnership was the Federal Communications Commission decision to reallocate $4 billion in Universal Service Fund high cost support payments to support rural broadband build-outs. The cuts impacted revenue for both providers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-06-05/gci-alaska-communications-team-wireless
State
SE rural phone service prepared for FCC changes

...recent changes to the high-cost portion of its Universal Service Fund, the FCC requires recipients of USF funding to...reworked Communications Act in 1996, creating the Universal Service Fund. The fund was created to "promote the availability...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-07-10/se-rural-phone-service-prepared-fcc-cha
Local
Alaska DigiTel owner settles suit for $1.6M

...phone or wireless services for the needy. Support for low-income consumers is one of four programs within the Universal Service Fund created by the Federal Communications Commission to ensure phone coverage throughout the country. Other programs...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/022311/sta_789633858.shtml
News

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