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Posted in: consumers, Robocalls, VoIP, wireless
Date: 08.19.2016
The first meeting of a new Robocall Strike Force, led by AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, at the Federal Communications Commission is a step forward for consumers as industry convenes experts to stop the flood of unwanted and illegal computer-generated phone calls. AT&T recently launched the Strike Force to help find new...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband investment, business broadband, digital, infrastructure, wireless
Date: 08.18.2016
In a competitive marketplace, ultra-fast broadband connectivity is a key differentiator, and 5G development and trials are underway. Several of the nation’s telecommunications companies are actively engaged in building all digital network infrastructures that can support next-gen wireless broadband technologies. AT&T shared its...
Posted in: app, Big Data, consumers, data management, social media, technology, video
Date: 08.17.2016
Dynamic technologies combined with a wealth of data collection and optimization capabilities are enabling companies to finely target and engage customers in a highly personalized way.  Strategically interacting with customers is a competitive differentiator and honing in on the right technological tools to galvanize customer outreach...
Posted in: Big Data, broadband access, broadband adoption, business broadband, consumers, Internet of Things, technology
Date: 08.12.2016
Internet of Things (IoT) devices have only begun gaining in popularity over the past few years, but they’re already helping consumers, businesses and government to better communicate, record or analyze data. According to a report by Business Intelligence, there will be 34 billion internet-connected devices by 2020, of which 24 million are...
Posted in: BDS, broadband deployment, broadband investment, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, special access
Date: 08.09.2016
The market for Business Data Services (BDS), or high-volume broadband lines used by companies and organizations, is far more competitive than supporters of the FCC’s efforts to impose new rate regulations continue to insist. USTelecom recently surveyed nearly 800 small and medium sized businesses and found that roughly 75 percent of them had...
Posted in: broadband deployment, FCC, legal and courts, pole attachments
Date: 08.08.2016
The Federal Communications Commission did the right thing five years ago when it adopted a new formula for determining how much telecommunications and cable providers pay to attach equipment to utility poles. The agency brought the pole attachment rate telecom providers pay down closer to the rate charged to cable operators. While utility...
Posted in: broadband adoption, consumers, entertainment, Internet of Things, smart tech, Tech Transition, technology
Date: 08.02.2016
Streaming music is becoming increasingly popular as the digital music industry grows quickly. A study from Park Associates states that 66% of U.S. households with broadband service use streaming music and 26% of those individuals subscribe to a paid audio streaming service. Surprisingly, according to Park Associates, the top spot goes to Amazon...
Posted in: consumers, Internet, public safety, social media
Date: 07.26.2016
From the time of early civilizations, public humiliation has been used as a way to punish a wrongdoer. Today, public humiliation has reemerged as cyberbullying and internet shaming. Through use of social media, anyone online is able to anonymously cast their opinion while the masses give their input or influence more to do the same. This online...
Posted in: broadband service providers, FCC, Internet, Internet regulation, privacy
Date: 07.25.2016
By: CTA, CTIA, Mobile Future, NCTA, USTelecom and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association Opposition to the FCC’s proposed broadband privacy rules continues to grow. The recently filed “reply round” comments, new reports, and expert submissions to the Commission, and testimony before Congress all demonstrate a growing...
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...