By Joel Lubin, AT&T Vice President of Public Policy
Last Wednesday, the Congressional Internet Caucus sponsored a panel discussion on the key hurdle to bringing broadband to all Americans – universal service and intercarrier compensation reform. If you weren’t able to make the Congressional event you missed a riveting discussion (and no, we’re not being facetious).
In a packed room at the Capitol, some of the key players in the debate gathered to discuss the FCC’s proposals to bring the telephone subsidy programs into the broadband era. For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the highlights of the hour and a half debate…..
John Jones of Century Link kicks off the discussion highlighting where the sparks really fly in this debate:
FCC National Broadband Plan author Blair Levin talks about the big divide – rural-rural, not rural-urban. He also apologizes to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell (kinda):
Shirley Bloomfield of NTCA urges more discussion about the contribution side of the USF debate:
Consumer advocate Mark Cooper of Consumer Federation of America injects high bandwidth applications such as Netflix into the debate:
Joel Lubin of AT&T talks about meeting consumer demand:
Joel lays out the case for reform and why it is so critical: