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Posted in: FCC, regulatory reform, VoIP
Date: 08.06.2018
On the day when comments are due to be filed with the FCC, we should take a moment to sift through the opposition to USTelecom’s request for forbearance, on behalf of broadband providers and their customers across the country, from monopoly-era obligations that still apply only to a handful of competitors in a thriving communications...
Posted in: FCC, pole attachments
Date: 08.06.2018
Late Friday, the FCC released its order modernizing various rules governing pole attachments. The FCC’s order addresses a range of issues, including one-touch make ready and timelines associated with pole attachment processes. Most significant to many of our members is the FCC’s adoption of fundamental changes to the agency...
Posted in: broadband investment, broadband service providers, infrastructure, net neutrality
Date: 07.25.2018
As pro-consumer policy incentives for broadband innovation and investment continue to take root, the two-year decline in private capital investment in U.S. broadband infrastructure from 2014 to 2016 appears to be in the rearview mirror, according to a preliminary USTelecom analysis of the 2017 capital expenditures of wireline, wireless, and cable...
Posted in: cybersecurity, DHS
Date: 07.17.2018
USTelecom is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in what the agency is describing as an “historic” meeting on cybersecurity risk management planned for July 31, 2018 in New York City. This all-day event will begin with a closed-door, CEO-level roundtable with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, other senior...
Posted in: smart tech
Date: 06.29.2018
If you’re trying to figure out how to make your 4th of July celebration better than last year’s—or better than your neighbor’s—the answer is right at your fingertips. Just tap into your broadband connection to light up your Independence Day. Let me count the ways…  Music Keeps the Party...
Posted in: Internet of Things, smart tech
Date: 06.27.2018
Today over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that number is expected to rise to two-thirds—or over six billion people—by 2050. This inexorable growth has increased strains on the environment and created difficult economic and living conditions for people living in cities across the world. From physical...
Posted in: pole attachments
Date: 06.26.2018
Little noticed, but important, especially to broadband in rural America, the FCC’s upcoming action to modernize charges for attaching communications equipment to utility poles is likely to be another major step forward in achieving Chairman Pai’s goal of closing the digital divide.  It may sound boring, but as the FCC has...
Posted in: broadband benefits, digital, House, Internet of Things, smart tech
Date: 06.15.2018
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Are you still looking for a gift? Now is a great time to upgrade Dad with a new gadget or connected device powered by broadband. Here are a few ideas for your last-minute shopping inspiration: For the Smart Home: Dad can start the coffee pot while taking a well-deserved snooze with a smart coffee brewer, make...
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...