Universal Service Fund – Supporting broadband in rural places
September 10 at 3 pm CDT
In the 1930’s, the federal government chose to ensure that everyone should be able to have a telephone. The Universal Service Fund (USF) was a tool that emerged to make that happen. Now the USF is being used increasingly to fund broadband networks and users. Learn how communities and regions can collaboratively use this funding resource for network deployment and driving adoption. Learn from top federal and state officials and an expert broadband practitioner about the legal uses of the funds and new creative strategies to leverage these dollars for greater community benefit.
- Joe Freddoso, Co-Founder and COO of Mighty River LLC, a telecommunications consulting firm.
- Jonathan Chambers, Chief of Policy and Strategy, FCC
- Mary Mehsikomer, Technology Integration Development and Outreach Facilitator, TIES
- Jennifer Nelson, MN State Librarian
Cosponsored by the Office of Broadband Development