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Date: 02.12.2018
Background: The Trump administration today rolled out a proposal for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments — $200 billion of which would come from the federal government, offset through budget cuts. It would also carve out $50 billion for rural infrastructure projects and revamp federal permitting. This statement can be attributed...
Date: 02.09.2018
Background: Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote S. 96, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017. The bill now heads to the President for his signature. The following statement is from Jonathan Spalter, president & CEO, USTelecom: “Instances of dropped calls to rural areas have...
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: 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: 01.16.2018
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: 01.16.2018
This oped by USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter was originally published in The Hill on January 15, 2018. At the American Farm Bureau convention on Monday, Jan. 8, President Trump sent his clearest signal yet that his administration is prioritizing rural Americans and their access to broadband connectivity, ensuring they don’t...
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...

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