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June, 2016


USTelecom President Walter McCormick will lead a discussion with former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta on tech and transportation issues at the ITS America 2016 conference June 12-16 in San Jose. Mineta, who led the Transportation Department during the challenging periods following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, will discuss technology’s role in transportation issues today, and the implications for security and safety.


In this modern day, it’s hard to believe that there are still some Americans who do not own a digital device. While the vast majority of adults own at least one of the following: a smartphone, a desktop or laptop or a tablet, about 16 percent of American adults do not own a device that can connect to the internet, according to a Pew Research study,. About a third of the country’s internet users own a smartphone, desktop or laptop and a table, the study said.


USTelecom joined with CTA, CTIA, Mobile Future and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to rethink its proposed privacy rules for broadband internet service providers. “An overwhelming majority of the expert comments filed to date have urged the FCC to change course,” the statement said.


DALLAS -- Cybersecurity is a worldwide concern that touches the entire internet economy across all business enterprises, USTelecom President Walter McCormick told a cyber policy panel at the TIA 2016: Network of the Future conference. USTelecom, a co-sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) event, convened a panel of leading Federal Communications Commission (FCC), government and industry officials to discuss the latest cybersecurity policy developments.


Mobile applications have become increasingly popular in recent years. As broadband speeds and data storage limits increase, so does the number of mobile apps developed and downloaded. While many people don’t think about the security risks, there is a potential that downloading mobile apps could compromise personal information and private data.


A House appropriations bill passed last week would ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the impact of its set-top box proposal on consumers and industry. The bill got a vote of confidence from two prominent House Democrats, Gene Green of Texas and Yvette Clarke, New York.


Consumers will be deprived of a consistent and predictable approach to the privacy of internet communications if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeds with a proposal aimed at regulating only one set of players in the internet economy: broadband internet service providers. In comments filed with the FCC, USTelecom criticized the proposal’s broad opt-in mandate, which is a radical departure from the long-standing privacy framework the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been successfully managing for many years.


Since the introduction of digital technologies into daily life, societies around the world have sought ways to improve quality of life, increase social progress and hasten wealth creation. Now, a new economic index tool to measure this progress has been introduced.  


A cybersecurity bill passed by Congress last year is helping facilitate sharing of information between industry and government, USTelecom told a House Homeland Cybersecurity Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee convened the hearing to examine how well the Communications Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) is performing. USTelecom was one of several industry representatives that provided updates to the subcommittee.


A recent Forbes article suggests the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may mandate that broadband providers redesign modems to have bigger backup batteries so customers can “surf the web for up to 8 hours during a power outage,” said author Fred Campbell. The plan may sound good in the abstract, Campbell said, but customers will pay the price in the end.