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FCC Announces Omaha Workshop on Modernizing Universal Service for Broadband

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Released: May 10, 2011

ADVISORY
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
May 9, 2011
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
Email: mark.wigfield@fcc.gov

PUBLIC FORUM, PANELISTS SLATED FOR MAY 18 OMAHA FIELD WORKSHOP ON

MODERNIZING UNIVERSAL SERVICE FOR BROADBAND

A 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
networks.
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
panelists

LIVESTREAM

: http://www.fcc.gov/live

EMAIL ADDRESS FOR QUESTIONS TO THE WORKSHOP MODERATOR:

USFICCReform@fcc.gov

TWITTER QUESTIONS:

tweet @fcc or use #FCClive; email to livequestions@fcc.gov

AGENDA

Note: this preliminary agenda is subject to change
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks:

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
Participants:


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
Communications, Inc.

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.
Lunch

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.
Break

3:00 4:30
Panel: Targeting Support & Transitioning to the Long Term Connect America Fund
Participants:


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
Telecommunications Corp.

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

Participants:


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

General public

Federal and state commissioners
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. The request should
include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact information. We ask that
requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible in order to allow the agency to satisfy such
requests whenever possible. Send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
For further information, contact Patrick Halley of the Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1500, or
via e-mail at patrick.halley@fcc.gov.
-FCC-

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