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      [Benton's Communications-Related Headlines]

      April 30, 2007

      (Broadband Bills: Media Ownership Hearing)

      In a message dated 4/30/07 8:21:02 AM,
      headlines@... writes:

      UNIVERSAL BROADBAND

      REPS. BOUCHER AND TERRY INTRODUCE
      "UNIVERSAL SERVICE REFORM ACT OF 2007"


      [SOURCE: Reps Boucher and Terry press release]


      On Thursday, House Commerce Committee Members Rick Boucher
      (D-VA) and Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced the Universal
      Service Reform Act of 2007 to improve the Universal
      Service Fund (USF) and ensure its continued viability by
      broadening the base of contributions into the Fund,
      controlling distributions from the Fund, and assisting with
      the rollout of high speed broadband access. Since enactment
      of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a variety of new
      providers of voice services which are exempt from USF
      payments, have entered the market, resulting in greater USF
      funding burdens being placed on traditional service providers.
      The Universal Service Reform Act of 2006 responds to these
      developments by adding providers of services which substitute
      for traditional service and providers of connections to the
      broadband network to contributors to the USF. The Universal
      Service Reform Act of 2007 controls the growth of the USF by
      capping all high-cost support mechanisms of the USF.


      The measure will also encourage the deployment of
      broadband, especially in rural areas, by allowing
      recipients to use universal service support to
      deploy broadband within their service areas and by
      requiring recipients of universal service support
      to deploy broadband with a download speed of 1
      megabit per second or greater within 5 years of
      enactment.


      <http://www.boucher.house.gov/
      index.php?option=com_content&task=
      view&id=1041&Itemid=75>


      RURAL BROADBAND ACT REDEFINES USDA LOAN RECIPIENTS


      [Benton's Communications-Related Headlines]

      April 30, 2007

      (Broadband Bills: Media Ownership Hearing)

      [SOURCE: TelecomWeb]


      A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of
      Representatives aims to "improve and re-focus
      an important broadband loan program to ensure
      that rural, unserved areas are properly
      targeted for investment in and development of
      this critical infrastructure." If passed, such
      reform could benefit incumbent telcos,
      competitive telephone companies and cable
      companies alike. Crafted by Reps. Stephanie
      Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) and Jerry Moran (R-KS),
      and co-sponsored by Earl Pomeroy (D-ND),
      John Salazar (D-CO) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb),
      the bi-partisan "Rural Utility Service Bill"
      (H.R. 2035) promotes increased access to
      high-speed broadband Internet service in rural
      America. The bill would improve the Rural
      Utility Service Broadband Loan Program that
      provides federal loans to areas of rural America
      that don't have service; that law, however, has
      a loophole that allows nonrural areas and areas
      that already have broadband services to apply
      for these loans, thus depleting the cash set aside
      for the real rural America.


      <http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/22967.html>




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