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Date: 02.22.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that eliminates and streamlines outdated payphone reporting obligations. This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The Commission’s action today on payphone compensation is the perfect example of smart government – it...
Date: 02.14.2018
House E&C Committee Moves to Reauthorize FCC   Background: The House E&C committee today advanced Ray Baum’s Act of 2018, legislation that reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Bill now moves to the full House for consideration. The following statement is attributed to USTelecom President and...
Date: 01.30.2018
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to address the remaining issues raised by parties challenging the Commission’s orders implementing the Connect America Phase II auction. It also voted to establish procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which will award up to $1.98 billion over 10 years to...
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...
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: 01.11.2018
Background: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced resolutions today that will promote broadband deployment in infrastructure legislation including preventing overbuilding, rewarding small cell siting reform, demanding technical neutrality, and streamlining burdensome and costly regulations. This statement can be...
Date: 03.31.2017
In an op-ed published recently in Axios, USTelecom President Jonathan Spalter focused on how consumers’ privacy will not be affected by the recent congressional decision to block the FCC’s implementation of new online privacy rules which were rushed through during the final days of former chairman Tom Wheeler's tenure. Congress...
Date: 01.11.2017
America’s broadband networks are no longer merely the vital link binding our businesses, communities and families, they also have become the indispensable welding tool required to safeguard, optimize and future-proof our nation’s infrastructure, wrote USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter in a new op-ed published by Morning...
Date: 04.06.2016
“Safe harbor” provisions under well-established components of copyright law are crucial to ensuring the continuing growth of the internet economy, USTelecom said in comments  [http://www.ustelecom.org/sites/default/files/documents/USTelecom-DMCA-Comments-2016-04-01-FINAL.pdf] filed with the U.S. Copyright Office. The Digital...
Date: 02.24.2016
Nearly four years ago, USTelecom told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that “dominant carrier” rules designed for a monopoly-based telephone market no longer made sense in an age where multiple options exist for voice services. USTelecom provided ample statistical evidence documenting the shift in consumer habits away from...

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