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Posted In: rural America
Date: 08.13.2018
By Jonathan Spalter and Shirley Bloomfield From the hollers of West Virginia, to the rugged coastal islands of Maine, to the rolling hills of a Texas ranch and far-flung Native Alaskan villages, connecting our most remote rural communities to broadband infrastructure is essential to their full participation in a connected, digital world...
Posted In: rural America
Date: 07.11.2018
This paper, commissioned by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom – The Broadband Association, examines communications networks, road networks, and electric power networks as three key network infrastructure industries; and the resulting vulnerability in low-density rural areas with the highest need for targeted...
Date: 07.11.2018
Government Support Key to Bridging Digital Divide in Rural America Report examines underlying economics and need for subsidies to support rural networks Arlington, Va. (July 11, 2018)—Delivering broadband to sparsely populated rural areas is a costly and challenging endeavor that requires significant upfront investment. Subsidies in the...
Date: 06.14.2018
This month’s FCC open meeting boasted a full docket, including a number of items of particular interest to USTelecom members. Each one of these items accomplishes, in different ways, the FCC’s goal of improving the customer experience with broadband and phone service. Below are more details on three of the FCC’s June...
Date: 06.07.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to eliminate disparate treatment of Rural Broadband Providers. The order grants forbearance from applying Universal Service Fund contribution requirements to rural carriers' broadband Internet access transmission services. The following statement can be attributed to...
Date: 06.04.2018
In March of this year the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in conjunction with the Report and Order, Third Order on Reconsideration (Order) in its Connect America Fund docket (Rate-of-Return Budget Order and NPRM) and on May 25, 2018 USTelecom filed comments responding to the Commission’...
Date: 06.04.2018
In a recent spending bill, Congress made $600 million available for additional broadband deployment to America’s rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has been tapped to administer these funds through a new pilot program. Without question, this funding is a welcome and needed addition to the...
Date: 05.23.2018
How is high-speed broadband transforming lives? Just check out the news headlines and you’ll find coverage of the latest VR headset, a list of new movies to stream, and even how online platforms are impacting our democracy. These things can be life-changing; but broadband also can be life-saving. How? Broadband is powering remote healthcare...

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