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Date: 12.12.2018
Background: At an open commission meeting today, the FCC adopted (4-0) an order to offer additional universal service support to all rural carriers in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds to more areas. The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO, USTelecom: “Today’s order is a...
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Date: 04.17.2018
Background: The FCC today opened a rulemaking to consider preventing Universal Service support funds from being used to buy equipment or services from companies deemed to pose a threat to U.S. national security. The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter:  “The FCC’s forward-...
Date: 08.03.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Public Notice for the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction, which will award up to $198 million annually over 10 years to service providers for providing fixed voice and broadband service in high-cost areas. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter...
Date: 07.25.2017
Every morning across the U.S., Americans reach for their phones, tablets or laptops and start tapping out the first text message of the day, or check the feed on their favorite social media network. Internet access has become a fabric woven into the daily lives of most Americans. Since 1996, internet service providers have invested $1.5...
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...

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