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Posted in: smart tech
Date: 06.29.2018
If you’re trying to figure out how to make your 4th of July celebration better than last year’s—or better than your neighbor’s—the answer is right at your fingertips. Just tap into your broadband connection to light up your Independence Day. Let me count the ways…  Music Keeps the Party...
Posted in: Internet of Things, smart tech
Date: 06.27.2018
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. From physical...
Posted in: pole attachments
Date: 06.26.2018
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...
Posted in: broadband benefits, digital, House, Internet of Things, smart tech
Date: 06.15.2018
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...
Posted in: FCC, FCC Open Meeting , rural America
Date: 06.14.2018
This month’s FCC open meeting boasted a full docket, including a number of items of particular interest to USTelecom members. Each one of these items accomplishes, in different ways, the FCC’s goal of improving the customer experience with broadband and phone service. Below are more details on three of the FCC’s June...
Date: 06.13.2018
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. I look out at a sea of faces…not too many YET...
Posted in: cybersecurity, speeches, technology
Date: 06.12.2018
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. The report was the product of a year-long effort of unprecedented coordination among federal agencies, in response to an Executive Order from President Trump, to strengthen U.S....
Posted in: broadband benefits, FCC, net neutrality, open internet
Date: 06.11.2018
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...
Posted in: consumers, Internet regulation, online traffic, reports and studies
Date: 06.06.2018
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...
Posted in: broadband deployment, Connect America Fund, rural America
Date: 06.04.2018
In March of this year the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in conjunction with the Report and Order, Third Order on Reconsideration (Order) in its Connect America Fund docket (Rate-of-Return Budget Order and NPRM) and on May 25, 2018 USTelecom filed comments responding to the Commission’...