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Date: 09.06.2017
Broadband is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers to support their livelihood, manage agricultural operations, and in turn, feed America. Agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) devices operating with broadband connectivity are giving farmers the capability to cultivate their land more efficiently. Agricultural technology monitors water...
Date: 08.29.2017
While broadband is widely deployed across the United States, availability continues to lag in rural areas compared to urban and suburban areas, according to the most current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband deployment data. As of mid-2016, 86 percent of rural households had access to wired broadband at any speed compared to 99...
Date: 07.13.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today agreed to consider a second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposals to address any continuing issues with the completion of long-distance phone calls in rural areas. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “All Americans should have...
Date: 06.14.2017
Citing the discriminatory nature of current Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution requirements, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom today filed with the FCC a joint petition for targeted, temporary forbearance from certain USF contributions for small, rural broadband providers until the completion of further...
Date: 06.05.2017
Recently, more than 100 representatives of Alaskan telecom providers met at Harrigan Centennial Hall of Sitka, Alaska, population 9,061. This brand new conference center on the banks of Crescent Harbor is both the center for town activities as well as the departure for cruise ship passengers.  Getting to Sitka isn’t easy. While most...
Date: 06.05.2017
This year marks an important milestone in USTelecom history as we note the 120th anniversary of the association’s founding by a group of entrepreneurs who connected Americans across the country using little but thin wires. Our association has continued to evolve with changing times, convening telecom companies of all sizes and distinguishing...
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...
Date: 05.18.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “...
Date: 04.18.2017
  Getting mired in the weeds of important (but sometimes mind-numbing) details of FCC proceedings can distract from the big picture goal we all share: making sure broadband is available to all businesses and consumers throughout the nation. Accomplishing this will take a continuing commitment from providers that have already invested...
Date: 04.12.2017
One of the toughest roadblocks to bringing high speed broadband to rural counties is the cost of installing fiber optic cable. The Department of Transportation has compiled statistics that put the average cost of laying fiber at $27,000 per mile. This steep installation cost can scuttle even the most optimistic business case for expanding...

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