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October, 2017


Last week, the Senate Broadband Caucus held an expo on the future of telehealth in the 21st century, including remarks from Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). The Senators spoke about the crucial role broadband deployment will play in paving the way for people living in rural areas to access to the tremendous benefits of telehealth.


Earlier this week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing “Still Ringing Off the Hook: An Update on Efforts to Combat Robocalls,” which focused on efforts by regulators, law enforcement and industry to combat the continuing issue with consumers being impacted by illegal robocalls.


Fixed broadband networks around the world have become an integral part of societies, economies and communities, with all things internet relying heavily upon broadband. Worldwide, digital technologies are driving economic growth, leading-edge innovation and public service delivery.


Startups aren’t easy to launch, whether it’s thinking up a great product or service, hiring the right talent or coming up with funding.

The last thing that should be a problem is access to broadband internet, but in some rural parts of the U.S. there isn’t enough service. Innovation can take place anywhere — in Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh or Indianapolis — but only if there’s sufficient broadband access to connect entrepreneurs with other companies, suppliers or customers.


USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter recently penned an oped, “Broadband for All – Closing the Digital Divide,” in The Herald Sun supporting broadband connectivity in North Carolina and for all Americans across the country.


Last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a speech entitled, "Morning in Digital America" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. As Pai reiterated, his foremost priority is bridging the digital divide. He said he has emulated some aspects of former President Reagan’s governing approach to his own in tackling the digital divide and other issues.


By Darby McCarty, CEO of Smithville Communications Inc. (USTelecom member)

There are very few things that unites Washington these days, but the need for more and better broadband service is among them. The desire to ensure all Americans have equal access to the life-changing opportunities enabled by high-speed broadband access is something that we can all agree on.


The following are the remarks USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter delivered on October 26, 2017 at the Great Lakes Technology Showcase in Fort Wayne, IN

I am thrilled to be with you.  I started in this new role at the beginning of the year…moving my family out to Washington, DC at an interesting time.  We came from the Bay Area…Silicon Valley-adjacent.  So it’s been an adjustment. 

This is my first visit with a gathering of state associations and their members, and it means a lot. 


Earlier this week, I attended the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and the Wireless Technology Association conference, “Massive Broadband Network Densification: Unleashing the Opportunities of 5G.” Panels focused on the technology, business economics, and policy aspects of fifth generation (5G) wireless deployment in the United States. I participated on the business economics panel, entitled, “Who Pays? Funding America's 5G Infrastructure.”