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November, 2017


In today’s hyper-connected digital economy, an organization’s value is often determined by its ability to manage and protect information that it collects, stores and moves across internal and external networks. When these highly-prized digital assets are stolen, or when the systems that manage their use are compromised, companies can face immeasurable harm. The ability to mitigate such risk in a cost-effective manner may be one of the most pressing challenges that organizations face today, and this is especially the case for small and mid-size businesses.


USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter recently spoke at the Great Lakes Technology Showcase where he shared some insights into the broadband policy and regulatory environment in Washington, DC and around the country. About 13 million Americans who live in rural areas lack access to high-speed internet service. “Connecting the country we know is no technical impossibility.


The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) was collaboratively designed as a tool to help companies strategically manage their cybersecurity risk. Policy discussions on both the national and international level since its creation in 2014 have credited this Framework for helping to improve corporate cybersecurity risk management practices. However, there is relatively little information about how companies have adopted and used the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (or other risk management frameworks), how their cybersecurity practices have

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Ensuring that all Americans can access the opportunities made possible by broadband internet access service is one of the great challenges facing the U.S. today. One way to think about that challenge is to break it into two parts.  First, how do we ensure that broadband networks are upgraded fast enough to keep up with carrying all the traffic that consumers demand?


In recent testimony before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, USTelecom SVP of Cybersecurity Robert Mayer shared industry perspective on maximizing the value of cyber threat information.


In rural communities with strong broadband infrastructure, doctors use connectivity to treat patients more efficiently, schools prepare students to enter the new, digital workforce and Americans discover new opportunities to make a home and career outside of crowded urban areas. Studies show that as rural communities adopt and use broadband services, incomes go up and unemployment falls. Simply put: rural Americans have the most to gain from the unprecedented broadband opportunity.


Six years ago, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order designed to harmonize the regulated rates paid by various telecom providers to attach equipment to utility poles. Unfortunately, that effort hasn’t worked out as well as the agency had hoped.


U.S. internet traffic is projected to grow two-and-a-half times over the next five years, according to a new USTelecom analysis of annual Internet Protocol (IP) traffic data from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, a continuation of explosive growth over the past decade.


An op-ed by USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter. This was originally published in The Daily Caller