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September, 2018


With the internet serving as a vital on-ramp to opportunity in today’s economy and society, America’s broadband providers are working hard, and investing mightily, to connect communities across the nation — rural, urban and everywhere in between — so that our country remains the land of opportunity for all. These companies are on the front lines investing billions of dollars and literally in the trenches deploying broadband to some of the most remote areas of the nation.


A top priority for our nation’s broadband providers is connecting Americans regardless of zip code. Our members are stepping up and stepping in to deploy the broadband needed to connect rural customers to digital opportunity.  That’s why we appreciate new approaches to bringing people online and connecting them to new opportunities. Pilot programs like the Rural Utilities Service’s broadband deployment program and the FCC’s Connected Care telehealth program can be catalysts for thinking differently about our broadband challenges.   


Communications technology is critical during natural disasters – connecting communities, first responders and families.

As we have seen time and again, USTelecom member companies remain on the front lines before, during, and after natural disasters. Several of our members have operations in and around Hurricane Florence’s path and have been coordinating with local, state and federal offices of emergency management and preparing to keep networks up and running.


It’s no secret that the communications and technology industries are changing the way we live and work. But bringing a wider array of companies and organizations into the fold of modern technology will take a village. That’s why it’s great to see companies sharing their expertise to drive digital transformation everywhere.


Amid the constant stream of news on cyber threats, hacks, and attacks, eyes have been trained on the White House for guidance from  the Trump Administration about the national approach to combatting cyberattacks. 

The National Cybersecurity Strategy released by the White House yesterday, September 20th, outlines that national approach.  

The strategy report is centered around four key pillars:


By: Greg Jarman, COO, Watch Communications and Benton Ridge Telephone

When conjuring an image of rural America, with its rolling farmland and rugged expanse, the term “overbuilding” rarely comes to mind.

Yet when it comes to broadband access in rural communities, including many right here in the Midwest, overbuilding has become a threat to the shared goal of linking all Americans to the opportunities of a connected, digital world.


Bruce Hanson, Hanson Communications 

Hanson Communications owner Bruce Hanson discusses how his company is investing in next generation networks and the challenges and opportunities of a multi-state structure.


Picture this: It’s a busy day at work, you’ve got your hands full, and the phone rings. Is it the client call you were expecting? No, it’s a robocall.

Or this: It’s your day off, you’re relaxing on the couch, and the phone rings. Is it your friend calling to catch up? No, it’s a robocall.


For those of age back in 1996, many of us were doing the Macarena, quoting Jerry Maguire and tuning into a new sitcom called "Everybody Loves Raymond" — all while spending a whopping 30 minutes a month on this new thing called the internet.


Reflecting the day-to-day experience of consumers and bowing to calls from analysts, asset managers and investors, the classification system used to categorize stocks by industry has undergone an ambitious restructuring that has united in one new “communications services” category, the leading broadband investors in our connected economy and most of the top stocks across a converging media, entertainment and digital landscape.