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Date: 09.06.2017
Broadband is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers to support their livelihood, manage agricultural operations, and in turn, feed America. Agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) devices operating with broadband connectivity are giving farmers the capability to cultivate their land more efficiently. Agricultural technology monitors water...
Date: 08.03.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Public Notice for the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction, which will award up to $198 million annually over 10 years to service providers for providing fixed voice and broadband service in high-cost areas. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter...
Date: 05.18.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “...
Date: 02.13.2017
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is pleased to submit its comments in response to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether additional high-cost funding for the voluntary path to the model should be provided. In the FNPRM, the Commission notes that commenters to...
Date: 12.15.2016
Background: Today Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to step down from his post in coming weeks. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We thank Chairman Wheeler for his service and express our gratitude for his commitment to expanding next-generation...
Date: 12.05.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments in response to the Public Notice (Notice) issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission). Multiple parties filed comments on the two petitions (collectively, “the Petitions”) identified in the Notice...
Date: 11.30.2016
Earlier this spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that modified the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. USTelecom President Walter McCormick praised the move modernizing the Lifeline program, saying that it...
Date: 11.29.2016
On November 28, 2016, Jonathan Banks and B. Lynn Follansbee of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, met with Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn. On the same date, Lynn Follansbee had a separate telephone conversation with Nick Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Pai. Both conversations focused on the issue of the...
Date: 11.03.2016
USTelecom strongly supports policies that achieve the important public policy goal of closing the “homework gap.” Through a combination of significant private investment combined with existing universal service fund programs, USTelecom’s members are improving broadband access for groups targeted in the Petitions, including...
Date: 10.03.2016
Lifeline providers are working diligently to implement the comprehensive Lifeline reforms that the Commission recently adopted (Lifeline Order). However, as noted in the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) Petition for Reconsideration of the Lifeline order, multiple stakeholders have legitimate concerns regarding the inconsistencies...

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