Monday, November 16, 2009

Boucher Releases Witness List for Universal Service Fund (USF) Reform Hearing of 11/17

Full Text of Universal Service Reform Act of 2009 Discussion Draft Available 11/16/09 Boston - Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA-9) of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet has released the witness list for his Subcommittee hearing of tomorrow called to review his discussion draft of the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009.

Boucher, after serving on the Subcommittee since the 1980s, became Chairman at the reorganization of the House in January of this year. The Subcommittee, part of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has initial jurisdiction over all telecom matters before the House.

The hearing has been called for: 9:30 AM (ET), Tuesday, November 17 in
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

As we reported on November 10th, Boucher and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE-2) filed the discussion draft in an effort to launch what is probably the most serious attempt at congressional reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) in at least the last 2 sessions of Congress.

The 10 witnesses on the released list are:

* The Honorable Ray Baum, Chairman, NARUC Committee on Communications, State Chair, Federal State Joint Board on Universal Service, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

* Peter B. Davidson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Policy, and Communications, Verizon

* Eric B. Graham, Vice President of Government Relations, Cellular South, Inc.

* Leslie Greer, Chief Executive Officer, DTC Communications

* Joel Lubin, Vice President of Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.

* Kyle E. McSlarrow, President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association

* Catherine Moyer, Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Pioneer Communications

* Karen S. Rheuban, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, University of Virginia

* Michael Rhoda, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Windstream Communications, Inc

* Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Topic Resources at StimulatingBroadband on Scribd:

1. Universal Service Reform Act of 2009 Discussion Draft of 11-06-09

2. USF Reform Folder at StimulatingBroadband on Scribd
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