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Posted in: broadband service providers, FCC, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 12.04.2017
This op-ed by Blackfoot Communications CEO Jason Williams was originally published in the Washington Examiner on Dec. 2, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. As I’ve read some of the news coming out of Washington over the last few days about how the Federal Communications Commission is planning to do something new on net neutrality, it feels like we...
Posted in: Internet regulation, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 11.30.2017
An op-ed by USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter. This was originally published in The Daily Caller.  It’s understandable that consumers are confused and concerned by the net neutrality news out of Washington over the past few weeks. Skim the headlines and we are told that the Federal Communications Commission plans to “scuttle,...
Posted in: broadband service providers
Date: 11.27.2017
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. A massive shift toward online consumer video is the primary driver of...
Posted in: broadband deployment, FCC, pole attachments
Date: 11.21.2017
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. In fact, USTelecom recently surveyed a broad range of our members about the pole...
Posted in: FCC, Internet regulation, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules, rural America
Date: 11.21.2017
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...
Posted in: CSRIC, cybersecurity, DHS
Date: 11.20.2017
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 his testimony, Mayer explained that the value of information sharing among organizations is to assist...
Posted in: broadband deployment, FCC, FCC Open Meeting , infrastructure, pole attachments, Tech Transition
Date: 11.16.2017
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...
Date: 11.14.2017
Tell us about Big Bend Telephone Company. Big Bend Telephone Company (BBTC) is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Alpine, Texas that was founded in 1960. Our service area is 17,594 sq. miles, larger than nine states, including...
Posted in: cybersecurity, Dept of Commerce, NIST, public safety
Date: 11.13.2017
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...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband service providers, regulatory reform, rural America
Date: 11.02.2017
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...