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Date: 07.13.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today agreed to consider a second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposals to address any continuing issues with the completion of long-distance phone calls in rural areas. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “All Americans should have...
Date: 07.13.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission opened a Notice of Inquiry to solicit information on call authentication frameworks which could help secure phone networks against fraudulent robocalls. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “There are few things more annoying for consumers these...
Date: 06.22.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order aimed at eliminating outdated requirements that carriers complete an annual audit of their payphone tracking systems. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Too often federal agencies fail to...
Date: 06.12.2017
American consumers are now using their home broadband connection for more than just browsing the internet, e-commerce and social networking. More than 70 percent of all fixed-access broadband usage during peak evening hours is credited to streaming audio and video, according to Sandvine’s 2016 Global Internet Phenomena Report. Just five...
Date: 06.05.2017
This year marks an important milestone in USTelecom history as we note the 120th anniversary of the association’s founding by a group of entrepreneurs who connected Americans across the country using little but thin wires. Our association has continued to evolve with changing times, convening telecom companies of all sizes and distinguishing...
Date: 05.31.2017
Last year, an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide purchased goods online, while 72 percent of Americans have at some point used a shared or on-demand service.  That’s thanks to the so-called “platform economy,” which connects consumers and producers online. Online businesses are growing faster than brick-and-mortar...
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: 05.04.2017
Teens spend an average of nine hours a day on electronic devices, much of that on social media networks. Their embrace of wireless devices is one reason for the broad increase in internet network traffic nationally. But what’s the impact of all that social media use on a teen’s psyche? According to a 2016 UCLA study, social media...
Date: 04.28.2017
Background: Today, the industry-led Robocall Strike Force submitted a report to the Federal Communications Commission on its findings about robocalls and efforts to stop them. This statement is attributable to USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Kevin Rupy: “Today’s report of the industry-led Robocall Strike Force holds...
Date: 04.05.2017
The always-connected, ubiquitous internet has transformed the music business. For the first time ever, streaming music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music have generated the majority of the music industry’s revenue in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2016, estimated retail revenues for...

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