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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: 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: 04.20.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds....
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: 03.13.2017
Attached is a spreadsheet identifying CAF II supported census blocks that have been assigned to a price cap carrier and claimed by another. The attachment specifies, for each block, the carrier that was originally assigned the block and the carrier that it should have been assigned to. Correcting these census block assignments will not affect the...
Date: 03.01.2017
As Congress begins discussing the possibility of making improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, there is growing support to include broadband as a core part of new funding and incentive programs. In a joint op-ed published in The Hill, USTelecom and NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association propose a simple roadmap to get more...
Date: 02.23.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved orders that would facilitate buildout of rural broadband, modernize broadband provider accounting rules, and temporarily waive enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers. The following statement is from USTelecom...
Date: 02.13.2017
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is pleased to submit its comments in response to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether additional high-cost funding for the voluntary path to the model should be provided. In the FNPRM, the Commission notes that commenters to...
Date: 12.05.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments in response to the Public Notice (Notice) issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission). Multiple parties filed comments on the two petitions (collectively, “the Petitions”) identified in the Notice...

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