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Posted in: legislation, net neutrality, open internet
Date: 05.09.2018
It is said that ‘for every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.’ Nowhere is this more true than in an effort now underway in the United States Senate—known inside the beltway by the ever-accessible moniker of ‘the net neutrality CRA.’ Using a provision under the Congressional Review...
Posted in: FCC, petition, regulatory reform, rulemaking, technology, USTelecom comments
Date: 05.04.2018
When it comes to regulating the broadband industry, there are certain “buzzwords” that suck up a lot of media oxygen--terms like privacy, net neutrality and an open internet. But ensuring that our industry--which has evolved from telegraph wires to delivering the global internet-- has innovative regulations to match its own innovative...
Posted in: broadband deployment, rural America, USTelecom news
Date: 04.25.2018
Tell us about Smithville Communications  Smithville Communications began nearly a century ago as Monroe County Telephone Company. The company provided phone services connecting the limestone quarries after an Indiana Bell engineer identified connectivity as critical to maintaining a safe working environment. In 1923, the Draper family bought...
Posted in: consumers, Robocalls, Senate
Date: 04.18.2018
On April 18th I testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this week on the issue of robocalls.  During the testimony, I emphasized the increasing number of tools available to consumers to label and block robocalls, including many deployed by USTelecom’s member companies.    ...
Posted in: consumers, FCC, FTC, Robocalls
Date: 04.18.2018
USTelecom and our members work in industry forums to develop solutions to stay ahead of the many sophisticated ways criminals manipulate calling services to harass consumers. Strong enforcement against illegal robocallers remains critical, and we continue to work closely with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and...
Posted in: consumers, House, privacy, Senate
Date: 04.17.2018
On April 10th and 11th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Facebook’s use of data and the implications on their user’s privacy. Zuckerberg was the lone panelist at both hearings held in the wake of troubling revelations stemming from Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data and concerns about...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, fiber, rural America
Date: 04.11.2018
Tell us about Jefferson Telecom. Jefferson Telephone Company (DBA, Jefferson Telecom) was formed in 1938 in Jefferson, Iowa by the Daubendiek family.  Since its inception, Jefferson Telecom strove to be an industry leader in providing the latest in technology. Some of these include: being one of the first in Iowa to furnish full metallic...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband investment, speeches, USTelecom appearance
Date: 04.10.2018
The following remarks were delivered by Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO, USTelecom before the Ohio Telecom Association on April 10, 2018 Thank you, Charlie, for the invitation to join you and the work you and this organization do every day connecting Ohio communities and families to broadband’s many opportunities. The $4 billion...
Posted in: House, open internet, privacy, Senate
Date: 04.09.2018
Tomorrow, in the most public way possible, Congress will turn its focus to Facebook, social media privacy, and user’s data security. With the klieg lights on, they will debate two profoundly important questions at the heart of the integrity and viability of the internet: how can we better protect the digital rights of America’s...
Posted in: competition, consumers, FTC, net neutrality, open internet, USTelecom webinars
Date: 04.09.2018
USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Diane Holland recently joined Acting FTC Chief Technologist Neil Chilson for a webinar to discuss the FTC’s restored role of ensuring net neutrality protections for consumers and competition. Recent action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ended the brief regulation of internet...