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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: 02.07.2018
Ken Pfister, Vice President, Strategic Policy, Great Plains Communications Tell us about Great Plains Communications Great Plains Communications is the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska, serving over 90 communities throughout the state. Residential services include high-speed Internet, cable TV, and local and...
Date: 02.02.2018
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We have made important strides in connecting the nation to high speed broadband, but government policies matter. They can either propel deployment or unnecessarily slow it down. This report recognizes the harmful impact that restrictive regulations, and uncertainty, can have on...
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
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: 01.18.2018
Background: Today FCC Chairman Pai circulated a draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report as required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “In today’s draft report fact sheet, it appears the Commission has undertaken a careful and rigorous analysis...
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...

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