New House telecom chair eyes USF, muni broadband

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Congressman Rick Boucher, who has just been named chairman of the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, said he doesn’t consider net neutrality an issue of top priority. Instead, after attending to the digital TV transition, he is eager to focus on universal service fund reform (with an eye toward rural broadband) and municipal broadband.

“The federal government should make it possible [for local governments] to offer broadband if they choose,” Boucher told the WSJ, which also pointed out that the Virginia Democrat has authored legislation enabling muni broadband that never made it out of committee.

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