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Posted in: broadband access, broadband benefits, broadband deployment, FCC, Lifeline Program, USTelecom comments
09.01.2015
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed some workable ideas for reforming the Lifeline program, which subsidizes phone service for eligible low-income consumers, USTelecom said in comments filed with the FCC. A more streamlined and efficient program will benefit companies and consumers, and allow more providers to participate. The...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband deployment, broadband investment, CAF II, Connect America Fund, FCC, infrastructure, universal service
08.31.2015
USTelecom member companies will help bring broadband to 3.6 million rural locations as part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Connect America phase II funding (CAF), which subsidizes broadband (and voice) service in high-cost rural areas. The companies, which include AT&T, CenturyLink, Consolidated, Verizon (conditional upon sale...
Posted in: technology
08.21.2015
For start-ups and companies seeking greater team-oriented workplace collaboration, new chat apps are offering real-time communication with additional functionality. The New York Times reports that the “best example” of this new type of messaging system is Slack, which is among the fastest-growing business apps in history and gaining...
Posted in: cybersecurity
08.20.2015
In last week’s blog, we explained how S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), would help protect American consumers, companies and the nation overall by encouraging the voluntary real-time sharing of “cyberthreat indicators” (CTIs) among private sector companies and between the public and private sectors...
Posted in: education, employment, reports and studies, STEM, technology
08.19.2015
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs rank as six of the top 11 positions for women in 2015, according to analysis by job search site CareerCast. This research, which draws on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, indicates marked growth over the past decade in specific STEM occupations such as statistician and biomedical engineer. Yet...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband service providers, consumers, entertainment, reports and studies, video
08.17.2015
Over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services are gaining widespread adoption and indicate a robust growth trajectory over the next four years, according to several recent surveys. A GfK survey and infographic indicates that OTT video ranks as the third most common online activity, preceded by social networking and online shopping, respectively....
Posted in: broadband adoption, broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, FCC, infrastructure, Internet of Things, Internet regulation
08.12.2015
U.S. Internet Protocol (IP) traffic quadrupled over the last five years, according to a detailed USTelecom analysis of new Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) data. The U.S. today remains a world leader in Internet usage, having closed the gap with current world leader South Korea and expanded its lead over other industrialized nations. Over the...
Posted in: E-911, FCC, IP transition, National Broadband Plan, public safety
08.12.2015
Today, USTelecom, in conjunction with ATIS, iCERT, NASNA, NENA, the Texas 911 Alliance and the Texas CSEC announced recommendations on 911 governance and reliability. The group filed an ex parte notice with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlining key principles to guide the nation’s efforts in deploying and operating Next...
Posted in: cybersecurity
08.12.2015
Before recessing until after Labor Day, the Senate agreed to a process for considering S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), in the fall. The bill is a pragmatic approach that, among other things, encourages the voluntary real-time sharing and receipt of cyberthreat indicators among private sector companies and between...
Posted in: e-commerce, education, reports and studies, technology
08.11.2015
As this year’s school season quickly approaches, technology is predicted to play a key role in back-to-school shopping, both in terms of how purchases are made and the types of tools bought to support multi-disciplinary learning. Recent eMarketer research shows that 76 percent of U.S. teens (13-17) and millennials (18-24) are planning on...