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Posted in: broadband adoption, industry news
Date: 02.22.2018
U.S. broadband providers continue deploying and upgrading networks to bring consumers across the nation ever-faster service and competitive choice, according to a newly released analysis of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data for year-end 2016 from USTelecom and Telcodata. This analysis is based on the same underlying data the FCC uses in...
Posted in: broadband service providers, rural America, USTelecom news
Date: 02.07.2018
Ken Pfister, Vice President, Strategic Policy, Great Plains Communications Tell us about Great Plains Communications Great Plains Communications is the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska, serving over 90 communities throughout the state. Residential services include high-speed Internet, cable TV, and local and...
Posted in: Administration , cybersecurity, Dept of Commerce, NTIA
Date: 02.06.2018
With the release of the January 5, 2018 Draft Report to the President “Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats” the U.S. Administration set forth a vision that, if properly executed, has the potential to profoundly impact the security of our global...
Posted in: Administration , broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, infrastructure, rural America
Date: 01.30.2018
When the president enters the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening to deliver his first State of the Union, topics that draw consensus will likely be few and far between.  Among the rare issues that unites this partisan town is infrastructure—the idea of putting women and men to work in communities across the country to literally build the...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, infrastructure, rural America, USF contributions
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...
Posted in: Internet regulation, net neutrality, open internet, USTelecom news
Date: 01.30.2018
Last week, USTelecom Senior Vice President, Law & Policy Jonathan Banks testified before the D.C. Council’s Committee on Government Operations to weigh in on the importance of the  FCC’s decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order and return to a lighter-touch regulation framework.   In his testimony before...
Posted in: FTC, technology
Date: 01.29.2018
In December, the FCC voted to repeal Title II regulation of internet service providers, turning authority over to the top federal agency in charge of protecting consumers from shady business practices of all kinds, the Federal Trade Commission. The repeal strengthens consumer protections in a number of ways, all without the destructive, investment...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband investment
Date: 01.24.2018
When it comes to how Americans use the internet, the mantra “more is more” grows more applicable by the day.  A USTelecom analysis has found that U.S. IP traffic has grown nearly 3.5 times over the last five years, and is set to grow 2.5 times over the next five. To get a sense what that looks like, take a peek below:...
Posted in: FCC, legislation, net neutrality, open internet
Date: 01.23.2018
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has a lot on his plate. On top of running a critical independent federal agency, he now must do so under a cloud of hate speech and death threats directed at him and his young children. As a citizen of the greatest and freest nation on earth, it’s hard to fathom. Threatening the lives of...
Posted in: broadband access, infrastructure, rural America
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...