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Posted in: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband investment, CAF II, universal service
Date: 07.22.2016
The Federal Communications Commission should design its Connect America Fund auction to ensure funding is used to meet the goal of helping providers offer households in high-cost areas the fastest, most-reliable service possible, USTelecom said in comments filed Thursday. As the commission crafts its bidding procedures, USTelecom...
Posted in: broadband investment, broadband service providers, business broadband, infrastructure, smart tech, technology
Date: 07.20.2016
Most of us are familiar with smartphones, smart watches, smart televisions and smart appliances. Devices like these have been introduced to make our homes smarter, integrating with heating and cooling systems, security systems, sound systems and lighting. The smart city takes this concept to the next level, building an infrastructure that allows a...
Posted in: BDS, Business Data Services, FCC, FTC, privacy, wireless
Date: 07.18.2016
The U.S. took a significant step forward last week when the FCC approved new rules that set aside almost 11 gigahertz of spectrum for next-generation 5G wireless service. The action was notable since it means the U.S. is now the first country in the world to set aside dedicated airwaves for 5G. The FCC’s movement on 5G was one of several...
Posted in: consumers, Internet, Internet regulation, privacy
Date: 07.12.2016
USTelecom joined other industry groups, including the Consumer Technology Association, CTIA and NCTA, on a letter to lawmakers Monday outlining concerns about a recent FCC proposal to adopt prescriptive privacy rules on broadband providers. Broadband providers support a set of principles for a privacy framework that would cover all entities in...
Posted in: consumers, FCC, FTC, Robocalls, wireless
Date: 07.08.2016
No one likes picking up the phone to hear brief silence, followed by an automated message promising a free Hawaiian vacation or an “urgent message” from the IRS. But consumers could soon be getting more robocalls, thanks to a recent decision that allows federal agencies and contractors to make such calls. Earlier this week, the...
Posted in: broadband service providers, business broadband, consumers, FCC, FTC, net neutrality, open internet, privacy, rulemaking, USTelecom comments
Date: 07.07.2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy proceeding has prompted hundreds of comments complaining about the commission’s “overly broad” proposal. Taking a different stance is a group led by Public Knowledge (PK), which wants stricter privacy regulation aimed only at internet service providers (ISPs). This...
Posted in: consumers, cybersecurity, Internet, online safety, privacy, wireless
Date: 07.06.2016
Online protection is a real concern for consumers with the rise of cyberattacks and increasing prevalence of harmful content disguised to look legitimate. Consumers must constantly be on guard to safeguard personal and financial information from the multitude of online scams. Parents face an even trickier challenge with overseeing their children...
Posted in: BDS, broadband service providers, business broadband, Business Data Services, competition, FCC, infrastructure, rulemaking, special access
Date: 06.21.2016
Several USTelecom members have filed a motion to strike the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) data framework in the business data services proposal. The motion comes in response to recent acknowledgements by four of the largest cable providers that they significantly undercounted the number of locations that are capable of...
Posted in: blackouts, broadband service providers, consumers, FCC, Internet regulation, network management, technology, wireless
Date: 06.16.2016
A recent Forbes article suggests the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may mandate that broadband providers redesign modems to have bigger backup batteries so customers can “surf the web for up to 8 hours during a power outage,” said author Fred Campbell. The plan may sound good in the abstract, Campbell said, but customers will...
Posted in: broadband service providers, consumers, cybersecurity, FCC, Internet regulation, privacy
Date: 06.16.2016
A cybersecurity bill passed by Congress last year is helping facilitate sharing of information between industry and government, USTelecom told a House Homeland Cybersecurity Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee convened the hearing to examine how well the Communications Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) is performing. USTelecom was one of...