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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’...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, FCC, rural America
Date: 06.04.2018
In a recent spending bill, Congress made $600 million available for additional broadband deployment to America’s rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has been tapped to administer these funds through a new pilot program. Without question, this funding is a welcome and needed addition to the...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, FCC, fiber
Date: 05.30.2018
Thanks to ongoing efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Chairman Pai’s leadership to facilitate investment and accelerate the transition to next generation broadband networks, the number of U.S. businesses that can enjoy the benefits of fiber networks and newer technologies is growing faster than ever. In 2017, U.S...
Posted in: broadband benefits, consumers, FCC, health care, infrastructure, rural America
Date: 05.23.2018
How is high-speed broadband transforming lives? Just check out the news headlines and you’ll find coverage of the latest VR headset, a list of new movies to stream, and even how online platforms are impacting our democracy. These things can be life-changing; but broadband also can be life-saving. How? Broadband is powering remote healthcare...
Posted in: cybersecurity, privacy
Date: 05.22.2018
Background The GDPR goes into effect on May 25th. This unprecedented regulation will unify data privacy regulation within the European Union (EU) and will have a large effect on all corporations who handle the personal identifiable...