Testimony of Commissioner James H. Quello Federal Communications Commission Before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications; The Honorable Conrad Bums, Chairman

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September 22nd, 2017


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Statement of Commissioner James R Quello Re: Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (CC Docket No. 96-45), Access Charge Reform (CC Docket No. 96-262), and Price Cap Performance Review for Local Exchange Carriers (CC Docket No. 94-1).

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September 22nd, 2017


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Alaska Joint Board Meeting

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July 25th, 2017


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Separate Statement of FCC Commissioner James H. Quello In Re: The Matter of MTS and WATS Market Structure, CC Docket No. 78-72, Phase I

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July 7th, 2017


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Statement of FCC Commissioner James H. Quello In Re: Report and Order in CC Docket No. 78-72, Phase 1, In the Matter of MTS and WATS Market Structure

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July 7th, 2017


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Reframing the Broadband Debate in the US

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Fiber initiatives, such as by Google, are being framed by a debate over universal service versus letting the marketplace decide. This is the framing for example of today’s WSJ article on Google Fiber Rollouts. This leads to a bias against such initiatives, as if they are undermining access to the Internet. This issue would be better framed as one of a number of approaches to enabling more competition in the broadband marketplace, which such initiatives are likely to foster, and targeting public policy initiatives on addressing areas that are not being well served by the marketplace. In this instance, the US could learn from the UK, which has arguably more competition for broadband services, and is seeing increasing efforts to focus public infrastructure spending on areas, such as deep rural areas, where the marketplace is not effective in providing adequate access to broadband, mobile and other telecommunication services.

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