Broadband UNEs: Was There Ever A Fair Regulatory Solution, Anyway?

Weingarten, Michael; Stuck, Bart
July 2004
Business Communications Review;Jul2004, Vol. 34 Issue 7, p54
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the decision of the Federal Communications Commission regarding universal services. The FCC commissioners make certain decisions, they are universal service cannot be sustained through assessments on billed interstate and international telecom revenues. Funding requirements will continue to increase while telecom revenues will continue to fall. Assigned telephone numbers would be the best basis for universal service assessments because all connections to the public switched telecommunications network require a 10-digit telephone number. Universal service subsidy mechanisms should not discourage use of high-capacity special access lines through excessive universal service assessments.


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