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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...
Date: 01.16.2018
This oped by USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter was originally published in The Hill on January 15, 2018. At the American Farm Bureau convention on Monday, Jan. 8, President Trump sent his clearest signal yet that his administration is prioritizing rural Americans and their access to broadband connectivity, ensuring they don’t...
Date: 01.08.2018
Background: This afternoon, President Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue were at the American Farm Bureau convention in Tennessee to report on the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.   The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The focus on broadband deployment...
Date: 12.18.2017
This op-ed by Alaska Communications CEO Anand Vadapalli was originally published in MultiChannel Broadcasting on Dec. 18, 2017 at 5:00 a.m. FCC’s regulatory refocus should shift agency’s emphasis to rural deployment It’s in the most remote places that fast, strong and reliable connectivity is most...
Date: 12.14.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order aimed at ensuring sufficient funding is available for the Rural Health Care Program and that any waste, fraud or abuse is eliminated The following statement is attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: This rulemaking marks an...
Date: 12.14.2017
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Date: 11.21.2017
In rural communities with strong broadband infrastructure, doctors use connectivity to treat patients more efficiently, schools prepare students to enter the new, digital workforce and Americans discover new opportunities to make a home and career outside of crowded urban areas. Studies show that as rural communities adopt and use broadband...
Date: 11.17.2017
A group of 21 rural telecom providers today urged the Federal Communications Commission to help close the digital divide by adopting light-touch regulations that provide companies confidence to invest in network upgrades and expansions that can help close the digital divide between urban and rural households.   “As executives of...

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