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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Background: Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new actions to remove outdated legacy obligations on traditional phone providers. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to remove some outdated regulations on landline telephone...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...
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...

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