TECHCOMM FEDERAL GRANT COMPLIANCE ALERT: Universal Service Reform: Current Shifts in FCC Policy and Expansion of Broadband Opportunities

    31 August 2011
    With broadband becoming an increasingly essential tool for participating in modern life, federal policymakers are pursuing regulatory reforms that will fundamentally refocus universal service mechanisms and related regulations to spur broadband deployment and adoption, a marked departure from the historical primacy of circuit switched voice services. These reforms promise to give community anchor institutions, including schools and libraries, access to a wider variety of affordable broadband services than ever before.