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Date: 11.02.2017
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter recently spoke at the Great Lakes Technology Showcase where he shared some insights into the broadband policy and regulatory environment in Washington, DC and around the country. About 13 million Americans who live in rural areas lack access to high-speed internet service. “Connecting the country...
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The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order aimed at eliminating outdated requirements that carriers complete an annual audit of their payphone tracking systems.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: 05.25.2017
Today, ITTA and USTelecom, national associations representing rural communications service providers, filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to better promote competition by modernizing the regulations that apply to the offering of business data services (BDS) in rural areas. The legacy BDS regulations that...
Posted In: FCC, regulatory reform
Date: 04.07.2017
Spring is traditionally the time for cleaning out drawers and closets, putting away the old and welcoming in the new. This year the Federal Communications Commission is  planning to do a bit of its own spring cleaning – and we like what we’re hearing. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to make economic analysis...
Date: 04.05.2017
Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to form an Office of Economics and Data and to ensure economic analysis is provided for rulemakings, transactions and auctions.  The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Good policymaking rests on a foundation of sound...
Date: 03.23.2017
Background: The FCC today adopted a rulemaking that proposes to eliminate arcane reporting requirements for providers of international services. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: "The FCC’s decision today to consider removing outdated reporting requirements for providers of international services is...
Date: 02.02.2017
Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced a pilot program to improve the agency’s transparency by releasing commission documents to the public before they are voted on by commissioners.   The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We support...
Date: 12.15.2016
Background: Today Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to step down from his post in coming weeks. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We thank Chairman Wheeler for his service and express our gratitude for his commitment to expanding next-generation...
Posted In: regulatory reform
Date: 12.05.2016
A substantive biennial review consistent with section 11’s directive that the Commission “shall review all regulations . . . that apply to the operations or activities of any provider of telecommunications service” is long overdue. The Commission has given short shrift to this requirement for years even while telecom markets,...
Date: 08.12.2016
On August 8, 2016, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Brogan, and Diane Griffin Holland of USTelecom met with Pamela Arluk (by telephone), Irina Asoskov, William Kehoe, William Layton, Joseph Price, and Eric Ralph of the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the findings of our survey of small and medium-sized business customers with 5-100 employees to...

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