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Posted in: BDS, broadband investment, business broadband, Business Data Services, CLEC, FCC, ILECs, infrastructure, special access
04.28.2016
Competition to serve businesses that need specialized connections for data and the Internet–what the FCC calls Business Data Services (BDS) - is strong pretty much everywhere those businesses choose to locate. A variety of companies have been competing for these customers for decades and relatively new entrants like cable companies have...
Posted in: consumers, cybersecurity, digital, privacy, technology
04.27.2016
As experts analyze methods of tightening security, biometric technologies show promise – but are not without risk and also raise privacy concerns. In the face of these challenges, researchers and companies continue to innovate and test biometric applications that have important implications from national security to enhanced patient care to...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband service providers, competition, consumers, digital, entertainment, video, video providers
04.25.2016
Digital viewing habits are fundamentally changing – particularly among younger audiences. Recent research from Limelight Networks indicates smartphones are the most commonly used device for digital downloads and video has surpassed music in terms of mobile consumption. Millennials are digitally engaged with greater frequency and for longer...
Posted in: USTelecom comments , video
04.22.2016
Rather than helping consumers, a proposal to “unlock” the set-top box model will drive up costs, erode well-established consumer protections and threaten copyright and privacy protections, USTelecom said in comments filed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The proposal would require multi-channel programming distributors (...
Posted in: broadband service providers, environment, industry news
04.22.2016
Earth Day, celebrated this year on April 22, raises awareness of the need to reduce damage to the environment. More than 90 percent of corporations, including the nation’s leading telecommunications providers, are making substantial commitments to limit their environmental impact, according to a survey conducted by Ingersoll Rand with...
Posted in: consumers, public safety, Robocalls
04.21.2016
Robocalls continue to be a main focus for USTelecom and a broad range of industry partners. As part of that effort, USTelecom recently participated in the third annual No-Call Law Enforcement Summit held in Indianapolis from April 21 – 22, 2016. Attorney General Greg Zoeller of Indiana and Joe Bindbeutel, Chief Counsel of the Missouri...
Posted in: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, regulatory reform, special access
04.20.2016
Claims by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) that expanded special access regulation will somehow boost the U.S. economy by $150 billion over five years are exaggerated and are based on faulty analysis, according to an economic critique by Phoenix Center Chief Economist George Ford.  Ford highlights several flaws in the CFA analysis...
Posted in: broadband adoption, broadband investment, consumers, infrastructure, Internet of Things, Smart Grid, smart tech
04.19.2016
Recent news that Verizon will invest $300 million to deploy its fiber-optic FiOS network to a series of neighborhoods across Boston over the next six years adds new heft to the city’s tech options. Verizon said the advanced fiber-optic technology it will roll out will provide greater economic opportunity to unleash the Internet of Things (...
Posted in: cybersecurity, privacy
04.18.2016
When security experts advise consumers on steps to strengthen their online presence, creating and regularly updating complex passwords ranks among their top recommendations. For the majority of Americans who admit their password habits are lacking, password managers and apps could be a game-changing development and an important shift that protects...
Posted in: broadband adoption, consumers, e-learning, education, Internet, online education
04.14.2016
With the advent of film, radio, television and the internet, public figures have heralded the transformative impact of each technology on American education. This point is underscored in the Pew Research Center study, “Lifelong Learning and Technology.” While Pew primarily looks at Americans’ use of the internet and mainstream...