US DTH want Federal broadband dollars

US satellite broadband providers — Dish Network, EchoStar Technologies, ViaSat/Wildblue Communications and Hughes Network Systems – have told the Federal Communications Commission that they should be allowed to participate in the Connect America Fund.

The FCC is reforming the Universal Service Fund, which has been supporting traditional phone, to subsidising broadband in unserved areas via the new Connect America Fund. According to the satellite operators, there are no technical reasons to exclude satellite broadband providers from obtaining funds under the revised regime.

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