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Date: 02.09.2016
The 1996 Telecom Act was ahead of its time but 20 years later it needs to be updated refresh, Walter McCormick said in a post in The Hill’s Congress Blog celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first significant overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws.  “Having achieved its core market-opening goals and achieved...
Date: 01.12.2016
Ahead of a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing Jan. 11, Republican commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wrote a letter urging Congress to review a decision not to grant small Internet service providers (ISP) a permanent exemption from the “enhanced transparency requirements” of the FCC open...
Date: 11.19.2015
There is concern among congressional lawmakers that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is arbitrarily applying its rules and singling out certain companies or industries for regulation, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said at a FCC oversight hearing earlier this week.  During the...
Posted In: FCC, House, legislation
Date: 11.16.2015
Background: Today, the House passed by voice vote H.R. 2583, the Federal Communications Commission Process (FCC) Reform Act of 2015. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter B. McCormick: “We commend Chairmen Upton and Walden and Ranking Members Pallone and Eshoo for their bipartisan efforts to improve the FCC’s...
Date: 10.28.2015
The continued difficulty of accessing federal lands adds costs to the deployment of broadband networks, especially in rural areas and tribal lands, CenturyLink’s Regulatory Counsel Jeb Benedict told the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  The subcommittee held a hearing to discuss how to...
Date: 10.28.2015
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Title II-related regulations are starting to add costs to the industry, Frank Louthan Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James Financial told a House Communications Subcommittee hearing examining potential investment impacts of common carrier Internet regulation.   Regulation...
Date: 08.08.2014
USTelecom thanks the Committee on Energy and Commerce (“the Committee”) for the opportunity to share its views on modernizing the nation’s communications laws. The Committee is to be commended for its comprehensive efforts to study how these laws should be modernized to ensure sensible public policy for a dynamic communications...
Date: 08.08.2014
Congress should refrain from a “prescriptive interconnection regime,” and work toward policies aimed at protecting consumers regardless of technology or platform used in delivering communication services, USTelecom said in a paper responding to the House Commerce Committee’s call for input on interconnection of telecom services...
Date: 08.08.2014
The United States Telecom Association (“USTelecom”) thanks the Committee on Energy and Commerce (“the Committee”) for the opportunity to share its views on modernizing the nation’s communications laws. The Committee is to be commended for its comprehensive efforts to study how these laws should be modernized to ensure...
Date: 08.05.2014
Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), vice chair of the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, recently appeared on C-SPAN's “The Communicators” to discuss his views on current telecommunications legislation, including the re-authorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), Title...

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