In case you weren’t able to attend last Friday’s Free State Foundation event, you missed AT&T’s Jim Cicconi talk about what the FCC needs to focus on now that we’ve moved on (right?!) from the “exhaustive and exhausting” net neutrality debate that took up the majority of the Commission’s time and energy for the past two years.
In the video clip below, Jim talks about the critical need to tackle universal service and intercarrier compensation reform if we’re serious about achieving 100% broadband in America. These systems, which were designed to be the underlying support for our country’s communication networks, are extremely complicated and, most importantly, undeniably broken. But, if we all believe that broadband will be the economic driver that takes us through the 21st century and beyond, then we have to reform the antiquated policies that stand in the way.
And, if we can agree that the universal service system should be devoted to broadband, then it’s imperative that we fund the most efficient technology to do this. So, if we are truly committed to supporting broadband, then we must be willing to say goodbye to the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
Jim, take it away…