Originally published: August 31, 2011
Last updated: May 5, 2013 - 10:03pm
With broadband service becoming an increasingly essential tool for participating in modern life, federal policy makers are pursuing regulatory reforms that will fundamentally refocus the government’s “Universal Service” programs and related regulations to spur more 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 service than ever before. The changes also promise to expand the range of broadband services eligible for support under the federal Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism. At the same time, broadband service providers and their customers -- including schools -- will face new compliance challenges as the web of federal programs supporting broadband infrastructure grows larger and more intertwined.
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