[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced comprehensive changes on Thursday to its national communications subsidy program to make high-speed internet access available in rural areas [press release, PDF]. The Connect America Fund [official website; executive summary, PDF] will have an annual budget of USD $4.5 billion, and the FCC estimates that the program will create more than 500,000 jobs while providing high-speed Internet access to more than 7 million Americans. The FCC described the previous system, the…