Chuck, thats still a tax.

On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM, Chuck Bartosch <ch...@clarityconnect.com> wrote:
>
> On Mar 6, 2010, at 2:50 PM, RickG wrote:
>
>> As a WISP, I resent the idea that my tax dollars may be used to compete with 
>> me.
>> As a taxpayer, at what point will the government realize we cant
>> afford all this?
>
>
> Ah, but we CAN afford it. It doesn't come from general tax funds but from the 
> taxes on telecommunications services. It's got a specific source and a 
> specific destination, basically.
>
> There is some hope here though-they've been talking about repurposing the USF 
> for nearly a decade and it's never happened. I do think there is a higher 
> chance of it coming to pass this time around, but it's hit a brick wall 
> before so I would not call it a done deal either.
>
> Chuck
>
>
>> -RickG
>>
>> On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM, Marco Coelho <coelh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> FCC to propose revamping Universal Service Fund
>>> AP
>>>
>>>
>>> By JOELLE TESSLER, AP Technology Writer Joelle Tessler, Ap Technology
>>> Writer – Fri Mar 5, 5:25 pm ET
>>>
>>> WASHINGTON – Federal regulators trying to bring high-speed Internet
>>> connections to all Americans will propose tapping the government
>>> program that now subsidizes telephone service in poor and rural areas.
>>>
>>> The Federal Communications Commission will include a proposal to
>>> revamp the Universal Service Fund as part of a national broadband plan
>>> due to Congress on March 17. Although the proposal itself has been
>>> expected for months, Friday's announcement offered the first solid
>>> details.
>>>
>>> The FCC said it envisions transforming the Universal Service program
>>> over the next decade to pay for high-speed Internet access instead of
>>> the traditional voice services that it currently finances. The
>>> proposal would create a Connect America fund inside the Universal
>>> Service program to subsidize broadband, and a Mobility Fund to expand
>>> the reach of so-called 3G, or third-generation, wireless networks.
>>>
>>> "It's time to migrate this 20th-century program," said Blair Levin,
>>> the FCC official overseeing the broadband plan, which was mandated by
>>> last year's stimulus bill. "We need to move the current system from
>>> the traditional networks to the new networks."
>>>
>>> The Universal Service Fund was established to ensure that all
>>> Americans have access to a basic telephone line. Today, the program
>>> subsidizes phone service for the poor, funds Internet access in
>>> schools and libraries and pays for high-speed connections for rural
>>> health clinics. But its biggest function is to bring telephone service
>>> to remote, sparsely populated corners of the country, where it is
>>> uneconomical for the private companies to build networks.
>>>
>>> Funding for the $8-billion-a-year program comes from a surcharge that
>>> businesses and consumers pay on their long-distance bills. That
>>> revenue base is shrinking, placing the Universal Service Fund under
>>> mounting pressure even as the FCC seeks to use it to subsidize
>>> broadband.
>>>
>>> The agency's plan will lay out several options to pay for the
>>> proposals it outlined Friday, including one that would require no
>>> additional money from Congress and one that would accelerate the
>>> construction of broadband networks if Congress approves a one-time
>>> injection of $9 billion.
>>>
>>> Either way, Levin stressed, the proposal would not increase the annual
>>> size of the Universal Service Fund, but rather would take money from
>>> subsidies now used for voice services.
>>>
>>> The FCC would also seek to save money by subsidizing no more than one
>>> broadband provider in an areas. Some critics of the program have
>>> complained that wireless companies now overlay landline systems with
>>> new networks considered duplicative.
>>>
>>> Levin said Connect America would not favor one technology over
>>> another, be it cable, DSL or wireless.
>>>
>>> The FCC proposal also envisions revamping the multibillion-dollar
>>> "intercarrier compensation" system, the Byzantine menu of charges that
>>> telecom carriers pay to access each other's networks and connect
>>> calls. Any changes to the Universal Service Fund would also require
>>> changes to intercarrier compensation because rural phone companies
>>> tend to rely heavily on both funding sources.
>>>
>>> The FCC's latest proposals will be part of a sweeping national roadmap
>>> for bringing universal, affordable broadband connections to all
>>> Americans.
>>>
>>> Although the plan is due on March 17, the agency has already begun
>>> releasing details, including a proposal to make more wireless spectrum
>>> available for mobile broadband connections by letting television
>>> broadcasters and others voluntarily cede some airwaves.
>>>
>>> Some of the proposals will likely require congressional action, while
>>> others might be up to the FCC to implement.
>>>
>>> Yahoo article:
>>>
>>> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100305/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_fcc_universal_service;_ylt=AgSGtpiLKKQbXooR3LKvT.cPLBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTMzNGcwMmcyBGFzc2V0Ay9hcC8yMDEwMDMwNS9hcF9vbl9oaV90ZS91c190ZWNfZmNjX3VuaXZlcnNhbF9zZXJ2aWNlBHBvcwM3BHNlYwN5bl90b21ic3RvbmUEc2xrA2ZjY3RvcHJvcG9zZQ--
>>>
>>> --
>>> Marco C. Coelho
>>> Argon Technologies Inc.
>>> POB 875
>>> Greenville, TX 75403-0875
>>> 903-455-5036
>>>
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> and water'd heaven with their tears,
> Did He smile, His work to see?
> Did He who made the Lamb make thee?"
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