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USTelecom Media 01.30.2015
As the Deflate-Gate investigation surrounding the AFL championship game continues leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, a survey by Public Policy Polling shows Americans rooting for the Sea Hawks, 36 to 29 percent. But no matter which team fans favor, there are several online channels and apps available to engage and enhance the interactive game day...
USTelecom Media 01.29.2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing the online world. Devices ranging from home security and energy-saving sensors to health monitors and appliances are connecting to the Internet at super-fast speeds and are expected to number 50 billion by 2020, according to previous Cisco’s projections. In the face of this accelerating...
Mary Schultz 01.28.2015
When it comes to municipal broadband successes, Chattanooga, Tenn., may not be the best example to cite in support of allowing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preempt state laws that ban or restrict competition from community broadband, according to a recent report published by the Phoenix Center. Chief economist George S. Ford, who...
Mary Schultz 01.27.2015
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to make a decision in the first quarter of 2015 on the pending mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DIRECTV. The mergers, which have been the subject of much debate, raise the issue of how such transactions impact the availability of independent programming not...
Anne Veigle 01.26.2015
USTelecom urges Congress to adopt a pro-consumer framework in drafting video reform legislation as part of the #CommActUpdate. Responding to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s white paper on video policy, USTelecom said a new statutory framework should reflect a video marketplace in which consumers continue to benefit from competition...
USTelecom Media 01.23.2015
Social media is no longer just a way for friends and family to stay connected. The recent news that Facebook will post Amber alerts to users’ news feeds represents a growing trend of how it’s being increasingly utilized in public safety and law enforcement efforts across the county. As noted in a previous USTelecom blog, 96 percent of...
USTelecom Media 01.22.2015
Driven by meaningful use incentives, more than 70 percent of U.S. physicians utilize electronic health records (EHRs), while 72 percent of consumers say they access health information online, according to data collected in early 2014 by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. In addition, a recent survey by TechnologyAdvice Research,...
USTelecom Media 01.21.2015
Social media and digital engagement have become a daily part of American life and society. While advances ranging from industrial machinery to the telephone have delivered important gains, the advent of each new, major communications technology has raised questions regarding its psychological effect. Does technology bring more stress into people...
USTelecom Media 01.16.2015
When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998, people connected to the Internet via dial-up. Today, broadband, smartphones and millions of apps have revolutionized the way consumers access and use the Internet. To keep pace with these evolving technologies, COPPA was updated in...
USTelecom Media 01.15.2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) spans a vast array of devices and innovative capabilities designed to enhance daily life, while giving consumers’ greater control via apps that sync with these technologies. From home security systems to energy saving devices and tools that help personal health, broadband is the common thread running through all...