FCC Announces Omaha Workshop on Modernizing Universal Service for Broadband
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May 9, 2011
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PUBLIC FORUM, PANELISTS SLATED FOR MAY 18 OMAHA FIELD WORKSHOP ON
MODERNIZING UNIVERSAL SERVICE FOR BROADBANDA forum providing Nebraska residents and businesses an opportunity to comment on the need for
broadband in their communities will be featured in the FCC's final workshop on reforming the Universal
Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) system. The workshop will be a key input into
the Commission's deliberations on critical reforms to modernize a program that helped achieve universal
phone service in the last century to support 21st Century broadband.
The public forum will be the final session of a field workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The remainder of the day will focus on how states and the federal government can work together on
reforms to increases broadband availability and encourage deployment of advanced Internet Protocol
Universal service has been central to the Federal Communications Commission's mission since the
Communications Act of 1934 created the agency and committed our nation to making vital
communications services accessible to all Americans. The FCC's Universal Service Fund has helped
connect virtually every American to telephone service. The FCC is now focused on modernizing the
program into a Connect America Fund capable of efficiently connecting every American to broadband.
The agency is also reforming the related Intercarrier Compensation regimen, a relic of the voice
communications era, to increase investment in advanced networks.
WHAT: Workshop on Defining the Federal/State Partnership in a Broadband World
WHERE: Thompson Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6705 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68186
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. CDT
WHO: FCC Chairman, Commissioners, and staff; state public utility commissioners and staff; outside
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AGENDANote: this preliminary agenda is subject to change
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (Chair, Universal
Service Federal/State Joint Board)
Michael Copps, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Robert McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (via video)
Anne Boyle, Commissioner, Nebraska Public Service Commission
Larry Landis, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (State Chair, Federal/State
Joint Conference on Advanced Services)
John Burke, Board Member, Vermont Public Service Board
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel: The Evolution of the State/Federal Partnership in a Broadband World
Moderator: Alex Minard, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau
Peter Bluhm, Consultant for Rolka, Loube, Saltzer Associates (co-author of NRRI's "Carriers of
Last Resort: Updating a Traditional Doctrine")
Doug Garrett, Regional Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, West Region, Cox
Tom Conry, General Manager, Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company
Teri Ohta, Senior Corporate Counsel, T-Mobile
Edward Krachmer, Director & Regulatory Counsel, Windstream
12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Panel: State and Federal Roles in ICC Reform
Moderator: Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
Hank Hultquist, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Ken Pfister, Vice President Strategic Policy, Great Plains Communications
Kathleen Abernathy, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and
Government Affairs and Public Affairs, Frontier Communications, Inc.
Rich Morris, Senior Counsel, Federal and State Government Affairs, Sprint
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Panel: Targeting Support & Transitioning to the Long Term Connect America Fund
Moderator: Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Jeff Lanning, Director Federal Regulatory, CenturyLink
Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, TDS
Wendy Fast, Owner, Consolidated Telephone Company
Jim Kohler, Deputy Director, Enterprise Technology Services, State of Alaska
Lisa Scalpone, General Counsel, ViaSat/WildBlue
Johnie Johnson, President & CEO, Nex-Tech Wireless
4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Consumer Discussion and Public Forum
Opening Remarks Provided by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
Moderators: Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC and Roger Goldblatt,
Associate Bureau Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
Linda Rice, Nebraska consumer without access to broadband
Lazaro Spindola, Director of the Mexican-American Commission
Mike Arnold, President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7470
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