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June, 2012


Memorial Day weekend kicked off the summer travel season and vacationers everywhere are turning to a vast array of broadband-backed technologies and apps to hit the road and enjoy summer fun. 


In what has become an annual ritual in the communications industry, Mary Meeker, currently with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, gave her latest report on the current and growing trends of the Internet.


USTelecom told the Federal Communications Commission it “strongly supports” the agency’s plan to reform how regulatory fees are assessed on the industries the FCC oversees. In keeping with USTelecom’s pending regulatory reform initiatives, the association urged the Commission to adopt a “comprehensive approach” to fee reform.


While companies across the spectrum are embracing social media, the leaders at the top have been slower to adopt.  According to a recent IBM Global study, though, this may be changing, as CEOs are recognizing the potential of social media to build business, engage customers, and interact with employees.


The race for the White House is on -- with President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney campaigning vigorously in the digital sphere. Romney’s camp is making headway on the digital frontier – even though he is at a disadvantage against incumbent President Obama who has amassed impressive numbers of fans, followers, and video views.


The phrase “check please” is becoming less common in several large chain restaurants -- thanks to new broadband-enabled devices located right at the table.  Customers can pay their bills, play games, and even order food and drinks -- all online. Restaurants testing the technology have been impressed by the overwhelmingly positive responses of their customers.


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When talking about Internet adoption, seniors are often seen as trailing the mainstream.  Now a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows a significant increase in Internet use among older Americans.  Here are a few highlights:


In an ex-parte letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, USTelecom representatives said they met with the staff of FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell last week to discuss issues related to the special access proceeding. USTelecom reviewed the history of the docket, including the rationale the commission relied upon in the 1999 order establishing ground rules for pricing flexibility.


Despite the fact that many Americans are watching or reining in their spending -- online shopping continues to increase.  According to a comScore report, U.S. e-commerce sales rose by 17% compared with a year ago. What’s more, the first quarter of 2012 alone netted $44 billion, hitting year-over-year growth rates unseen since 2007.