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Date: 06.24.2016
Background: Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new actions to remove outdated legacy obligations on traditional phone providers. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to remove some outdated regulations on landline telephone...
Date: 04.27.2016
Background: Today, the Senate Commerce Committee approved two bills that would improve the functioning of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): S. 2644, The FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016 and S. 421, Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick:...
Date: 04.20.2016
Claims by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) that expanded special access regulation will somehow boost the U.S. economy by $150 billion over five years are exaggerated and are based on faulty analysis, according to an economic critique by Phoenix Center Chief Economist George Ford.  Ford highlights several flaws in the CFA analysis...
Date: 04.08.2016
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has at last lifted the curtain on certain aggregated data filed in its “special access” proceeding, which is examining the state of competition in business broadband and the effectiveness of the FCC’s current special access regulations. As expected, the data reveal there has been...
Date: 03.31.2016
Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that reforms the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We...
Date: 03.30.2016
Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order making reforms to universal service program rules for rural carriers, and released an item seeking further comment on additional changes. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “We are pleased that the FCC has released an...
Date: 03.16.2016
A segment of the business broadband market seeking regulatory help is actually in good financial health, according to a research paper by Anna-Maria Kovacs, a visiting senior policy scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Kovacs’ cash flow analysis shows that the competitive local exchange provider (CLEC) industry is...
Date: 03.09.2016
USTelecom members no longer dominate the market for voice service, and haven’t for years. Most people rely more on texting, wireless and Internet-based communications than a wired phone service. Yet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to keep rules treating companies like they are monopoly providers of voice service, which...
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: 11.25.2015
Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced FCC commissioners will vote on an order at its Dec. 17 Open Commission Meeting that would partially grant USTelecom’s petition for forbearance on outdated regulations that currently govern incumbent local phone companies. The following statement is...

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