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Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, digital, Internet regulation, rural America
Date: 10.17.2017
Last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a speech entitled, "Morning in Digital America" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. As Pai reiterated, his foremost priority is bridging the digital divide. He said he has emulated some aspects of former President Reagan’s governing approach to his own in tackling...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband investment, digital, infrastructure, Internet, rural America
Date: 10.13.2017
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter recently penned an oped, “Broadband for All – Closing the Digital Divide,” in The Herald Sun supporting broadband connectivity in North Carolina and for all Americans across the country. In his piece, Spalter praises Rep. G.K. Butterfield for championing broadband deployment and its value to...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, infrastructure, Internet regulation, open internet, rural America
Date: 10.12.2017
Startups aren’t easy to launch, whether it’s thinking up a great product or service, hiring the right talent or coming up with funding. The last thing that should be a problem is access to broadband internet, but in some rural parts of the U.S. there isn’t enough service. Innovation can take place anywhere — in Silicon...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, fiber, infrastructure, smart tech
Date: 10.11.2017
Fixed broadband networks around the world have become an integral part of societies, economies and communities, with all things internet relying heavily upon broadband. Worldwide, digital technologies are driving economic growth, leading-edge innovation and public service delivery. And countries with sophisticated broadband infrastructure are...
Posted in: consumers, FCC, Robocalls, Senate
Date: 10.05.2017
Earlier this week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing “Still Ringing Off the Hook: An Update on Efforts to Combat Robocalls,” which focused on efforts by regulators, law enforcement and industry to combat the continuing issue with consumers being impacted by illegal robocalls. USTelecom Vice President of Law...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband investment, infrastructure, rural America
Date: 10.04.2017
Last week, the Senate Broadband Caucus held an expo on the future of telehealth in the 21st century, including remarks from Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). The Senators spoke about the crucial role broadband deployment will play in paving the way for people living in rural areas to access to...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, infrastructure, rural America
Date: 09.28.2017
In remote areas, broadband is connecting rural students with online courses, expanding access to the world’s best hospitals and turning once-waning main streets into vibrant hubs of opportunity. Studies show that as rural communities adopt and use broadband services, incomes go up and unemployment falls.  Simply put: Connectivity can...
Posted in: FCC, legal and courts, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 09.28.2017
Today, USTelecom is among several parties to formally request Supreme Court review of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which reversed decades of established legal precedent and common sense by reclassifying broadband access as a public utility service. Our members believe the best path forward is for the...
Posted in: Administration , broadband service providers, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, national security
Date: 09.28.2017
USTelecom’s Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Robert Mayer recently discussed a number of inter-related cyber policy challenges and the need for industry-government collaboration to help accelerate activities that will better protect America’s economic and national security. In an exclusive interview published in InsideCybersecurity...
Posted in: broadband outages, broadband service providers, infrastructure
Date: 09.22.2017
Note: An op-ed published in Morning Consult.  In times of crisis, it’s vitally important that people can communicate with loved ones and emergency responders. That need came into sharp focus again this week as Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma did just a few weeks ago in Florida, knocking...