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Date: 07.11.2018
Government Support Key to Bridging Digital Divide in Rural America Report examines underlying economics and need for subsidies to support rural networks Arlington, Va. (July 11, 2018)—Delivering broadband to sparsely populated rural areas is a costly and challenging endeavor that requires significant upfront investment. Subsidies in the...
Date: 06.07.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today passed a Second Report and Order on Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment. The order will streamline the section 214(a) discontinuance process and the network change notification process. The following statement can be attributed to...
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’...
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: 05.30.2018
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...
Date: 04.25.2018
Tell us about Smithville Communications  Smithville Communications began nearly a century ago as Monroe County Telephone Company. The company provided phone services connecting the limestone quarries after an Indiana Bell engineer identified connectivity as critical to maintaining a safe working environment. In 1923, the Draper family bought...
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...
Date: 03.22.2018
Background: The FCC today approved an order to reduce the regulatory costs associated with 5G infrastructure deployment. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The FCC’s order to streamline deployment for next generation networks reflects the Commission’s future-focused and pro-consumer approach...
Date: 03.22.2018
Background: The $1.3 trillion Congressional omnibus deal to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018 is poised to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and fund a number of telecom provisions. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The omnibus deal is a welcome, bipartisan approach to...

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