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October, 2012


Policymakers should be focused on how to bring the greatest investment into the marketplace, said Hank Hultquist, AT&T’s vice president for regulatory affairs, speaking at a New America Foundation event. Panelists generally agreed that incentivizing investment in the nation’s broadband infrastructure would help promote competition in the business broadband marketplace.


A thorough examination of the broadband marketplace must lead to the conclusion that the technology is being deployed in a timely and reasonable manner, USTelecom said in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The commission’s calculations show wired broadband has been deployed to 95 percent of American households, a level that more than meets the test required by requirements under Section 706 of the 1996 Telecom Act.


Now in its third year, the Broadband Research Summit, being held Thursday, October 4 at 1:00 PM eastern time, brings together service providers, technology experts, and the research community for an exploration of broadband with an emphasis on consumer acceptance and adoption of applications, devices, services, pricing, and bundling.

Viewers will have the opportunity to:


The Internet has not only revolutionized the way candidates conduct campaigns, it is also proving to be a powerful driver of political engagement and voter turnout.

Consider, for example, how a single Facebook status posted on Election Day can affect the number of people at the polls.  A recent study focusing on the 2010 midterm elections found that get-out-the-vote status updates caused one-third of a million more people to cast their vote.


With the rise of social websites, our culture has grown increasingly comfortable with sharing everything from political opinions to personal photos and videos.  A recent Pew Internet and American Life report took at look at those who post images and videos online.

The study identified two types of users:


NBC is unveiling new summer Olympics viewing data to advertisers – and the numbers, previewed in a recent New York Times article, are very compelling. The big takeaway? Multi-screen viewing dominated.
Here’s a brief breakdown of the results:


USTelecom held the 2012 edition of our Broadband Research Summit last Thursday, October 4.  The online summit, now available on-demand, featured six great presentations that covered a range of important topics. 

If you didn't attend, here's just a taste of what you missed:


A recent report on the global state of broadband which ranks the United States at 23rd place in the number of citizens using broadband  and 18th in broadband subscriptions per household  is misleading, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).


As our nation strives for a stronger economy, broadband is making important contributions. Last year alone, broadband service providers invested $66 billion in infrastructure, helping ensure U.S. companies and workers stay competitive with a connected world. USTelecom’s latest vidcast discusses important economic benefits fueled by today’s dynamic broadband and IT sectors. Here are a few highlights:

U.S. Jobs.  Broadband supports nearly 11 million U.S. jobs that touch virtually every sector of our economy.


Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data made headlines thanks to the lower rate of U.S. unemployment announced. A recent Ad Age analysis went a step further, reviewing the positive news and further finding that Internet-fueled jobs are on the rise too.