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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...
Posted in: broadband benefits, e-learning, education, employment, FCC, health care, net neutrality, open internet, rural America
Date: 04.04.2018
The folks over at Government Technology undertook an interesting exercise recently – they examined State of the State addresses to get a sense of whether technology is on the minds of the nation’s governors. The result? Broadband and cybersecurity are priorities nationwide. Governors are focused on putting in place cybersecurity...
Posted in: cybersecurity, FCC, infrastructure, technology, USF contributions
Date: 04.03.2018
Following years of simmering national security concerns regarding the presence of Chinese products and services in U.S telecommunications networks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in advance of an April 17, 2018 Commission vote. The explanation for the swift FCC action came in a...
Posted in: consumers, FTC, net neutrality, open internet
Date: 04.02.2018
In the vast maze of federal bureaucracy, there is just one agency whose sole mission is to “protect consumers by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices.”  It is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Yet from 2015-2017, a different agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), forced the FTC...