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Posted in: Administration , cybersecurity, NIST
Date: 05.22.2017
With the global ransomware assault  as a backdrop, cybersecurity experts from around the country gathered in Washington for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) workshop on updating its cybersecurity framework, which is a guide for federal agencies and private industry on how to secure critical cyber...
Posted in: digital, infrastructure, Internet of Things, network management, network transformation, smart tech, technology
Date: 05.10.2017
As the Internet of Things (IoT) flourishes, ISPs are racing to ensure these connected devices   have the broadband infrastructure necessary for a seamless consumer experience. This year, there are 8.4 billion connected devices – that’s a 31 percent increase since 2016 alone. Estimates are there will be more than 20.4 billion...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, business broadband, CLEC, FCC, ILECs, industry news, infrastructure
Date: 05.05.2017
USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but our initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Data compiled from internet service...
Posted in: broadband benefits, consumers, Internet, social media
Date: 05.04.2017
Teens spend an average of nine hours a day on electronic devices, much of that on social media networks. Their embrace of wireless devices is one reason for the broad increase in internet network traffic nationally. But what’s the impact of all that social media use on a teen’s psyche? According to a 2016 UCLA study, social media...
Posted in: FCC, Internet regulation, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 04.28.2017
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement about his plans to restore U.S. innovation by rejecting Title II regulation of the internet is a huge win not only for consumers, but for our connected economy and digital democracy. In an Axios op-ed yesterday, USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter explained why Pai's plan is...
Posted in: FCC, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 04.27.2017
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter discussed his viewpoints on Title II and the Open Internet and its effects on consumers and the economy in an op-ed posted on news site Morning Consult today. Spalter notes that all sides continue to strongly support consumers’ right to be in control of their online experience. All sides also agree...
Posted in: BDS, broadband investment, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, FCC Open Meeting
Date: 04.19.2017
In 1934, Congress decided tariffs were necessary to protect consumers from unreasonable and discriminatory prices because there was virtually no phone service competition to keep providers from charging whatever they wanted. As markets have become more competitive, there’s less need for tariffs to counter possible anticompetitive behavior....
Posted in: Internet, net neutrality, open internet, privacy
Date: 04.19.2017
Earlier this week, ISP critic Susan Crawford wrote an alarmist op-ed for the New York Times about the future of the open internet. USTelecom took the opportunity to offer a little peer review of her piece.  
Posted in: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, rural America, special access, Tech Transition, universal service
Date: 04.18.2017
  Getting mired in the weeds of important (but sometimes mind-numbing) details of FCC proceedings can distract from the big picture goal we all share: making sure broadband is available to all businesses and consumers throughout the nation. Accomplishing this will take a continuing commitment from providers that have already invested...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, fiber, infrastructure
Date: 04.17.2017
For some rural towns and counties, upgrading the broadband infrastructure is a question of balancing a deeply held commitment to a rural identity with the costs of being left behind by a digitally powered world.For example, just a mere 60 miles outside of the Beltway, scenic Rappahannock County, Virginia is confronting the challenges of bringing a...