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Open Internet rules

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: 04.28.2017
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement about his plans to restore U.S. innovation by rejecting Title II regulation of the internet is a huge win not only for consumers, but for our connected economy and digital democracy. In an Axios op-ed yesterday, USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter explained why Pai's plan is...
Date: 04.27.2017
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter discussed his viewpoints on Title II and the Open Internet and its effects on consumers and the economy in an op-ed posted on news site Morning Consult today. Spalter notes that all sides continue to strongly support consumers’ right to be in control of their online experience. All sides also agree...
Date: 04.26.2017
Background: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced plans to circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would reverse the agency’s decision to regulate broadband networks under Title II of the Communication Act and restore light-touch regulation of internet access as Title I information services. This...
Date: 02.07.2017
Background: Today, Senate Democrats held a press briefing with online advocates to discuss the future of net neutrality legislation. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Maintaining – and strengthening – our dynamic, ever-innovating and open internet is a vital national interest...
Date: 01.27.2017
Background:  Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated an order that would waive for five years the enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small businesses with no more than 250,000 subscribers. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The order that...
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: 06.16.2016
USTelecom Applauds Passage of Small Business Broadband Deployment Act Background: Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015 (S-2283), which would provide a three-year exemption for small Internet Service Providers from enhanced transparency requirements in the Open Internet...
Date: 11.09.2015
The decision to regulate broadband Internet access should be up to Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission, according to an amicus brief recently filed supporting USTelecom’s lawsuit challenging reclassification of service providers under common carrier Title II regulation. The brief argues that legislative activity following the...
Date: 11.04.2015
Amici curiae support an “open Internet.” However, they believe that whether and how to regulate Internet access are policy questions of such profound significance that they are to be answered only by Congress. Over the last decade, Congress repeatedly has considered and debated these questions. Countless proposals to authorize the FCC...

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