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Date: 06.09.2017
A new report from Cisco projects that global and U.S. Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will grow at double-digit rates over the next five years. Global traffic will nearly triple while U.S. traffic will grow two-and-a-half times, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index (VNI). Increased internet adoption, faster broadband, next...
Date: 05.05.2017
USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but our initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Data compiled from internet service...
Date: 04.26.2017
Background: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced plans to circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would reverse the agency’s decision to regulate broadband networks under Title II of the Communication Act and restore light-touch regulation of internet access as Title I information services. This...
Date: 04.20.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds....
Date: 04.19.2017
In 1934, Congress decided tariffs were necessary to protect consumers from unreasonable and discriminatory prices because there was virtually no phone service competition to keep providers from charging whatever they wanted. As markets have become more competitive, there’s less need for tariffs to counter possible anticompetitive behavior....
Date: 04.17.2017
For some rural towns and counties, upgrading the broadband infrastructure is a question of balancing a deeply held commitment to a rural identity with the costs of being left behind by a digitally powered world.For example, just a mere 60 miles outside of the Beltway, scenic Rappahannock County, Virginia is confronting the challenges of bringing a...
Date: 04.12.2017
One of the toughest roadblocks to bringing high speed broadband to rural counties is the cost of installing fiber optic cable. The Department of Transportation has compiled statistics that put the average cost of laying fiber at $27,000 per mile. This steep installation cost can scuttle even the most optimistic business case for expanding...
Date: 04.03.2017
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter was featured on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” on Saturday, April 1 to talk about internet regulation and telecom issues. C-SPAN’s Peter Slen and Reuters’ David Shepardson asked an array of questions including recent legislation on consumer privacy, cybersecurity issues,...
Date: 03.01.2017
As Congress begins discussing the possibility of making improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, there is growing support to include broadband as a core part of new funding and incentive programs. In a joint op-ed published in The Hill, USTelecom and NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association propose a simple roadmap to get more...
Date: 02.27.2017
A PDF of the letter is available here.    February 27, 2017   The Honorable John Thune                                       ...

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