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Research Workshop: Revisiting the Universal Service Obligation (USO) in the Era of Abundance

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Sunday, 17 January 2016
Location: South Pacific 3
Time: 09.00–10.30

As an important measure to protect telecommunications consumers, various different forms of USO have been designed and implemented in the U. S., Europe, and Asia Pacific after the middle of 1980’s when the regulators started to introduce market competition. In the recent years, with the development of new technologies and new services, the USO issue has once more been put under the spotlight by regulators in many countries.

This session aims to create a forum to present the current USO policy debates in the U.S.,  E.U., Korea and Japan. The FCC in the U.S. has started to discuss new regulatory framework called the Connect America Fund as the alternatives of the current USO. In Australia, with the development of the National Broadband Network, the old USO scheme has been reconsidered in 2012 and again in 2015. In EU and Japan, the USO scheme implemented in 2005 has been revised twice, and the government report addressed the necessity to introduce a new concept of USO, but the study group has yet to be formalized.

It becomes clear that regulators in these countries have expressed concerns on the current USO scheme in the new technological and policy environment, where people have a big variety of service options and high-speed Internet provision in addition to the traditional fixed line telephony service. In this new environment, fundamental USO issues shall be reconsidered, such as the definition of universal service and emerging issues shall be discussed such as the role of mobile carriers and OTT in the USO scheme.

Presentations from the U.S., E.U., Japan and Korea in this session will provide a comparative picture of the current USO debates in these countries.

Moderator

Christina Higa

Christina Higa

Associate Director, Telecommunications and Social Informatics Research Program (UH TASI) &, Co-director, Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
USA

Presenters

Erik Bohlin

Erik Bohlin

Professor, Department of Technology Management & Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
Sweden

Krishna Jayakar

Krishna Jayakar

Associate Professor & Co-director, Institute for Information Policy, Pennsylvania State University
USA

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Eun-A Park

Eun-A Park

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies, University of New Haven
USA

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  • Colt Technology Services
  • Shaw Business
  • Comcast Wholesale
  • China Telecom
  • MegaSys
  • Harris
  • Verizon Wholesale
  • China Unicom Global Limited
  • BTI Systems
  • Paul Hastings
  • Level 3 Communications
  • Vodafone
  • REDCOM
  • Arbor Networks
  • Wolfe
  • PCCW Global
  • Telus
  • ATLANTIC-ACM
  • Infinera
  • CoreSite
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  • Digital Realty
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  • GTT
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