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Date: 05.16.2018
Background: Today, the Senate voted to pass a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to roll back the Federal Communication Commission’s Order to Restore Internet Freedom. The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: “This vote throws into reverse our shared goal of...
Posted In: consumers, FCC, Robocalls
Date: 05.10.2018
  Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission fined Adrian Abramovich $120 million for malicious spoofing that was part of his massive robocalling operation aimed at selling timeshares and other travel package. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The FCC’s decisive action sends...
Date: 04.26.2018
Background: This evening, the Senate confirmed all five of the Trump administration's FTC nominees. The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: “This evening’s confirmations are good news for American consumers. With a full slate of Commissioners now at the FTC, the nation...
Posted In: consumers, Robocalls, Senate
Date: 04.18.2018
On April 18th I testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this week on the issue of robocalls.  During the testimony, I emphasized the increasing number of tools available to consumers to label and block robocalls, including many deployed by USTelecom’s member companies.    ...
Posted In: consumers, FCC, FTC, Robocalls
Date: 04.18.2018
USTelecom and our members work in industry forums to develop solutions to stay ahead of the many sophisticated ways criminals manipulate calling services to harass consumers. Strong enforcement against illegal robocallers remains critical, and we continue to work closely with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and...
Posted In: consumers, House, privacy, Senate
Date: 04.17.2018
On April 10th and 11th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Facebook’s use of data and the implications on their user’s privacy. Zuckerberg was the lone panelist at both hearings held in the wake of troubling revelations stemming from Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data and concerns about...
Date: 04.09.2018
USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Diane Holland recently joined Acting FTC Chief Technologist Neil Chilson for a webinar to discuss the FTC’s restored role of ensuring net neutrality protections for consumers and competition. Recent action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ended the brief regulation of internet...
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: 03.27.2018
USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Kevin Rupy recently participated on an illegal robocalling panel co-hosted by the FCC and the FTC about challenges facing consumers and industry. Rupy spoke specifically about the development of authenticated caller-ID, traceback efforts to identify the source of illegal robocalls, ongoing cooperation...

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