• Comment dates have been set for the Mobility Fund Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (see October 18 edition of This Week in Telecom). The NPRM “proposes the creation of a new Mobility Fund to make available one-time support to significantly improve coverage of current-generation or better mobile voice and Internet service for consumers in areas where such coverage is currently missing. The [FCC] seeks comment on creating the Mobility Fund using reserves accumulated in the Universal Service Fund and on the use of a reverse auction to make one-time support available to service providers to cost-effectively extend mobile coverage in specified unserved areas.” Comments are due December 16, 2010, and Reply Comments are due January 18, 2011. More details are available here.
  • On November 4, 2010, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service made several recommendations to the FCC to improve participation in the Lifeline and Link Up programs, including that the Universal Service Fund should be used to support broadband, consistent with the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. The Joint Board also recommends that broadband and mobility services be included within supported services. The recommendations may be found here. A press release outlining the other recommendations may be found here.