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July, 2016


Online protection is a real concern for consumers with the rise of cyberattacks and increasing prevalence of harmful content disguised to look legitimate. Consumers must constantly be on guard to safeguard personal and financial information from the multitude of online scams. Parents face an even trickier challenge with overseeing their children’s internet use and educating them about appropriate online behavior.


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy proceeding has prompted hundreds of comments complaining about the commission’s “overly broad” proposal. Taking a different stance is a group led by Public Knowledge (PK), which wants stricter privacy regulation aimed only at internet service providers (ISPs). This approach is misguided, USTelecom said in reply comments in the proceeding.


No one likes picking up the phone to hear brief silence, followed by an automated message promising a free Hawaiian vacation or an “urgent message” from the IRS. But consumers could soon be getting more robocalls, thanks to a recent decision that allows federal agencies and contractors to make such calls.


USTelecom joined other industry groups, including the Consumer Technology Association, CTIA and NCTA, on a letter to lawmakers Monday outlining concerns about a recent FCC proposal to adopt prescriptive privacy rules on broadband providers.


The U.S. took a significant step forward last week when the FCC approved new rules that set aside almost 11 gigahertz of spectrum for next-generation 5G wireless service. The action was notable since it means the U.S. is now the first country in the world to set aside dedicated airwaves for 5G.


Most of us are familiar with smartphones, smart watches, smart televisions and smart appliances. Devices like these have been introduced to make our homes smarter, integrating with heating and cooling systems, security systems, sound systems and lighting. The smart city takes this concept to the next level, building an infrastructure that allows a variety of objects and devices to connect and operate as part of one large technological system.


The Federal Communications Commission should design its Connect America Fund auction to ensure funding is used to meet the goal of helping providers offer households in high-cost areas the fastest, most-reliable service possible, USTelecom said in comments filed Thursday.


By: CTA, CTIA, Mobile Future, NCTA, USTelecom and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association


From the time of early civilizations, public humiliation has been used as a way to punish a wrongdoer. Today, public humiliation has reemerged as cyberbullying and internet shaming. Through use of social media, anyone online is able to anonymously cast their opinion while the masses give their input or influence more to do the same.