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January, 2017


Today, USTelecom formally asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider privacy rules on internet service providers narrowly adopted in November by a divided commission.


Eyeing the future, telecom giants are working on hotly competitive roadmaps to bring 5G wireless services to American consumers.

5G promises to dramatically speed up mobile broadband; it could make wireless competitive to cable and fiber for video and web access. It would also enable connected cars and dramatically enhance the internet of things by better accommodating machine-to-machine communication.


America’s broadband networks are no longer merely the vital link binding our businesses, communities and families, they also have become the indispensable welding tool required to safeguard, optimize and future-proof our nation’s infrastructure, wrote USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter in a new op-ed published by Morning Consult.


Android smartphone customers are relying on WiFi to carefully ration the gigabytes available on their cell phone data plans. The Nielsen Mobile Performance Panel for August 2016 found that more than three times as much data consumed on Android mobile phones in the U.S. is delivered through Wi-Fi networks as opposed to cellular. Relying on WiFi is something mobile carriers encourage, since they often direct subscribers to their own WiFi hotspots to ease demand on their cellular data networks.


Put millions of Facebook Live, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram uploads on the National Mall on Inauguration Day and communications gridlock seems a likely peril. Fortunately, USTelecom members are rolling out new equipment and innovative technologies to keep customers connected amidst the expected data surge as up to a million people converge for the inauguration activities.


Information overload has become an inescapable part of life for connected Americans, as every Google search delivers thousands, if not millions, of links and every Pinterest post leads to a seemingly endless chain of “more like this” images.

Coping with information overload might actually be easier for consumers who use more gadgets and services, not less, according to a recent Pew Research study.


“Open sesame!” the magical phrase that reveals a hidden treasure, was once the stuff of legend and fairy tales, but today it’s been replaced by “Hello, Siri,” “Alexa,” or “Ok, Google” as a way to instantly unlock the riches of the internet.