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Federal Broadband Reform: Are States Ready for Change?

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ICF International experts Michael Spead and Keith Montgomery authored this paper on U.S. federal broadband reform, focusing on the impacts of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on states. The NBP calls for significant reform of telecommunication regulation and policy, which includes:

  • Reallocation of wireless spectrum for broadband use
  • Reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) transitioning from telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies under the Connect America Fund (CAF)
  • Reform of Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) rates for the use of other providers' networks

The goal of this paper is to provide a high-level discussion of the proposed reforms. It is tailored specifically for state officials, regulators, and administrators, who will need to assess the inherent risks and opportunities these changes bring, and then develop an impartial and unbiased state-specific path forward that meets the goals of their respective state.

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  • Michael Spead

    Senior Technical SpecialistICF International

    Michael Spead, former senior program manager at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), has more than 10 years of experience in broadband/telecommunications program and project management, policy analysis and regulatory compliance, business process engineering, and financial analysis. Mr. Spead leverages his understanding of the broadband/telecommunications ecosystem to develop successful programs and projects to support state, local, and commercial entities, and he monitors changes in broadband/telecommunications policy to provide technical advisory services for clients. At USAC, Mr. Spead also served as an ambassador for a nationwide outreach initiative with telecommunications firms to build relationships, train industry leaders, and address issues relating to the Universal Service Fund (USF).

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Published: Jul 15, 2011
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Keith Montgomery


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