FCC Chair Unveils “Connect America Fund”

Yesterday the US telecommunications regulator outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an USD8 billion fund that is paid for by US telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access.

South Africa: Breakthrough Plans for Rural Voice and Data Services

A plan from the Universal Service and Access Agency to take voice and data services to the most rural South African areas could see operators Vodacom and MTN paid subsidies to do the job, Business Day reports. The operators have to promise high-quality services even the poorest people can afford in return for having up […]