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Posted in: broadband service providers, USTelecom news
Date: 12.19.2017
Tell us about Blackfoot Communications. Blackfoot is a leading regional provider of voice, data, cloud and IT services throughout the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, we started as a telephone cooperative in 1954 providing voice service to all the small towns covering more than 5,000 square miles...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, net neutrality, rural America
Date: 12.18.2017
This op-ed by Alaska Communications CEO Anand Vadapalli was originally published in MultiChannel Broadcasting on Dec. 18, 2017 at 5:00 a.m. FCC’s regulatory refocus should shift agency’s emphasis to rural deployment It’s in the most remote places that fast, strong and reliable connectivity is most...
Posted in: FCC, Internet regulation, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 12.14.2017
When it comes to net neutrality there is a lot of misinformation and confusion. Let’s set the record straight. MYTH: This debate is between those who favor net neutrality and those who oppose it.  All sides in this debate strongly support an open internet with policies that protect consumers. The argument revolves around the...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband service providers, net neutrality, open internet, rural America
Date: 12.14.2017
Common-sense internet protections build opportunity and improve quality-of-life, no matter where you live…   …you accidentally tossed Grandma’s buttermilk biscuit recipe but successfully recreated via Pinterest. Shhhh, we’ll never tell.   …Tinder who? You found your match on FarmersOnly....
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...