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Date: 03.23.2017
Background: The FCC today adopted a rulemaking that proposes to eliminate arcane reporting requirements for providers of international services. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: "The FCC’s decision today to consider removing outdated reporting requirements for providers of international services is...
Date: 02.02.2017
Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced a pilot program to improve the agency’s transparency by releasing commission documents to the public before they are voted on by commissioners.   The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We support...
Date: 12.15.2016
Background: Today Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to step down from his post in coming weeks. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We thank Chairman Wheeler for his service and express our gratitude for his commitment to expanding next-generation...
Posted In: regulatory reform
Date: 12.05.2016
A substantive biennial review consistent with section 11’s directive that the Commission “shall review all regulations . . . that apply to the operations or activities of any provider of telecommunications service” is long overdue. The Commission has given short shrift to this requirement for years even while telecom markets,...
Date: 08.12.2016
On August 8, 2016, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Brogan, and Diane Griffin Holland of USTelecom met with Pamela Arluk (by telephone), Irina Asoskov, William Kehoe, William Layton, Joseph Price, and Eric Ralph of the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the findings of our survey of small and medium-sized business customers with 5-100 employees to...
Date: 08.09.2016
The Commission recognized decades ago, in an era when providing voice service was a legal monopoly, that competition for business customers was possible given the concentration of demand and substantial revenue opportunities compared to the residential market.  That competition has grown steadily under Commission policies that were put in...
Date: 08.09.2016
On Monday, August 8, 2016, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Brogan, and the undersigned of the USTelecom Association met with Pamela Arluk (by telephone), Irina Asoskov, William Kehoe, William Layton, Joseph Price, and Eric Ralph of the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the findings of our survey of small and medium-sized business customers and their...
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...

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