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Date: 02.07.2018
Background: The bipartisan budget deal announced today includes $20 Billion in infrastructure funding, including for rural broadband.  The following statement is from Jonathan Spalter, president & CEO, USTelecom: “It is encouraging to hear that the budget deal includes $20 Billion in funding for infrastructure, including for...
Date: 02.02.2018
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We have made important strides in connecting the nation to high speed broadband, but government policies matter. They can either propel deployment or unnecessarily slow it down. This report recognizes the harmful impact that restrictive regulations, and uncertainty, can have on...
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...
Date: 01.30.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to address the remaining issues raised by parties challenging the Commission’s orders implementing the Connect America Phase II auction. It also voted to establish procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which will award up to $1.98 billion over 10 years to...
Date: 01.30.2018
Below is USTelecom Chairman and CEO Jonathan Spalter’s oral testimony as prepared for delivery before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology hearing: “Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions” on January 30, 2018: USTelecom Chairman and CEO Jonathan Spalter...
Date: 01.18.2018
Background: Today FCC Chairman Pai circulated a draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report as required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “In today’s draft report fact sheet, it appears the Commission has undertaken a careful and rigorous analysis...
Date: 01.16.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission announced today that Chairman Ajit Pai has shared a draft order with his commissioners that, if adopted, would provide over $500 million in additional funding for cooperatives and small rural carriers to deploy high-speed broadband in rural areas. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom...
Date: 01.11.2018
Background: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced resolutions today that will promote broadband deployment in infrastructure legislation including preventing overbuilding, rewarding small cell siting reform, demanding technical neutrality, and streamlining burdensome and costly regulations. This statement can be...
Date: 01.08.2018
Background: This afternoon, President Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue were at the American Farm Bureau convention in Tennessee to report on the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.   The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The focus on broadband deployment...
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...

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