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Reforming Universal Service
July 20, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The universal service program is coming under increasing pressure: expenditures for old-fashioned voice service, especially in the high-cost fund, are growing rapidly even as many policymakers are calling for the fund to also include broadband. Even without including broadband, consumers are already paying higher taxes for these increased expenditures. This seminar will address questions of how to reform the fund, including ways of controlling growth in the high-cost fund, such as reverse auctions, and how to incorporate broadband in an efficient and equitable manner.
Howie Hodges, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Government Affairs, One Economy
Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Jonathan E. Nuechterlein, Partner, WilmerHale
F.J. Pollak, President and CEO, TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Development, Technology Policy Institute