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Date: 09.28.2017
Today, USTelecom is among several parties to formally request Supreme Court review of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which reversed decades of established legal precedent and common sense by reclassifying broadband access as a public utility service. Our members believe the best path forward is for the...
Date: 07.11.2017
Background: Yesterday, USTelecom and other petitioners filed an application for an extension of time to file a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court in regards to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We asked for a 60-day...
Posted In: FCC, legal and courts
Date: 05.26.2017
Background: This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a challenge by Neustar over the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to choose Telcordia Technologies (i.e. iconectiv) as the next local number portability administrator. USTelecom was an intervenor in this case. The following statement is from...
Date: 05.01.2017
Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the full court will not hear an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order. The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We’re gratified that three of the D.C. Circuit judges wanted to rehear...
Date: 03.31.2017
In an op-ed published recently in Axios, USTelecom President Jonathan Spalter focused on how consumers’ privacy will not be affected by the recent congressional decision to block the FCC’s implementation of new online privacy rules which were rushed through during the final days of former chairman Tom Wheeler's tenure. Congress...
Date: 09.08.2016
For the past two years, two of the largest licensing clearinghouses, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) have been negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to gain more control over fees for their artists’ work that is shared with digital services. These organizations,...
Date: 09.02.2016
Internet providers, Silicon Valley companies, advertisers and even the FTC have all provided feedback to the Federal Communications Commission about why its proposed privacy rules are problematic. It would do little more than impose needless restrictions on broadband providers without actually increasing online users’ privacy. Harvard Law...
Date: 08.10.2016
Background: Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s order preempting two state laws that put limits on municipal broadband networks. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law. The FCC...

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