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Date: 04.03.2018
Following years of simmering national security concerns regarding the presence of Chinese products and services in U.S telecommunications networks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in advance of an April 17, 2018 Commission vote. The explanation for the swift FCC action came in a...
Date: 03.23.2018
Background: Today the FCC released an order that makes fixes to the Universal Service Fund support programs for small, community-based rural providers. The following statement is attributed to USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter: “This is another significant and meaningful step toward closing the rural broadband gap and...
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: 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: 11.29.2016
On November 28, 2016, Jonathan Banks and B. Lynn Follansbee of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, met with Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn. On the same date, Lynn Follansbee had a separate telephone conversation with Nick Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Pai. Both conversations focused on the issue of the...
Date: 11.04.2015
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Mary Henze and Cathy Carpino (AT&T), Malena Barzilai (Windstream), Alan Buzacott (Verizon), Peter Copeland and Jeff Lanning (CenturyLink), Mike Skrivan (FairPoint), AJ Burton (Frontier), and Lynn Follansbee, Robert Mayer and I (USTelecom) met with Alex Minard and Heidi Lankau of the Wireline Competition Bureau....
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A sustainable universal service program is critical to accelerating broadband deployment to consumers and to small and large businesses in high cost areas across the nation. Status The Telecommunications Act of 1996 created a universal service program whose mission is to extend communications services to rural, insular, high-cost and low-...