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June, 2018


In a recent spending bill, Congress made $600 million available for additional broadband deployment to America’s rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has been tapped to administer these funds through a new pilot program.


Mary Meeker recently released her annual internet trends report, offering insight into how people across the world are using the internet and connected devices. There’s a lot to learn from her report, especially this year, under the backdrop of new tech regulation, media consolidation, and more people around the world connected to the internet than ever before.


If you have eyeballs and a smartphone, you’ve undoubtedly read the warnings: On June 11th, the internet as we know it will cease to exist. Websites will be slowed down and blocked. Small businesses will deflate like day-old balloons, and free speech online will be a thing of the past. Why? Because June 11th is the day the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order officially goes into effect.


Late last month, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security released a multi-agency report on enhancing U.S. resilience to botnets and distributed attacks.

Posted in: Jonathan Spalter

Below are USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter’s remarks delivered to the Media Institute on June 13, 2018:

It's been roughly two days, 12 hours and 30 minutes since the Restoring Internet Freedom order went into effect.

The connected, digital world continues to spin on its axis.


This month’s FCC open meeting boasted a full docket, including a number of items of particular interest to USTelecom members.


This Sunday is Father’s Day. Are you still looking for a gift? Now is a great time to upgrade Dad with a new gadget or connected device powered by broadband. Here are a few ideas for your last-minute shopping inspiration:

For the Smart Home: Dad can start the coffee pot while taking a well-deserved snooze with a smart coffee brewer, make sure burgers are never burned with a Bluetooth temp gauge, or get peace of mind with a connected home-security camera.


Little noticed, but important, especially to broadband in rural America, the FCC’s upcoming action to modernize charges for attaching communications equipment to utility poles is likely to be another major step forward in achieving Chairman Pai’s goal of closing the digital divide.  It may sound boring, but as the FCC has noted on numerous occasions, utility poles – and the pole attachments that go with them – are a key input for deployment broadband


Today over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that number is expected to rise to two-thirds—or over six billion people—by 2050. This inexorable growth has increased strains on the environment and created difficult economic and living conditions for people living in cities across the world.