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Jonathan Spalter

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...
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...
Date: 05.09.2018
It is said that ‘for every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.’ Nowhere is this more true than in an effort now underway in the United States Senate—known inside the beltway by the ever-accessible moniker of ‘the net neutrality CRA.’ Using a provision under the Congressional Review...
Date: 05.04.2018
When it comes to regulating the broadband industry, there are certain “buzzwords” that suck up a lot of media oxygen--terms like privacy, net neutrality and an open internet. But ensuring that our industry--which has evolved from telegraph wires to delivering the global internet-- has innovative regulations to match its own innovative...
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...
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...
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...
Date: 03.26.2018
It is said that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’ Nowhere can we find a more perfect modern  example for this sentiment than in the cacophony of disparate calls by state and local regulators across the country each seeking to impose their own brand of ‘net neutrality’ regulations on consumers’...
Posted In: cybersecurity
Date: 02.26.2018
  By Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom and Dean Garfield, CEO & President, Information Technology Industry Council Here’s a quick exercise. Tally up the most important things in your life that rely on the internet. Your checking account, life savings, data storage, balance sheets, family photos, health records,...
Date: 01.30.2018
When the president enters the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening to deliver his first State of the Union, topics that draw consensus will likely be few and far between.  Among the rare issues that unites this partisan town is infrastructure—the idea of putting women and men to work in communities across the country to literally build the...

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