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Posted in: BDS, broadband investment, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, FCC Open Meeting
Date: 04.19.2017
In 1934, Congress decided tariffs were necessary to protect consumers from unreasonable and discriminatory prices because there was virtually no phone service competition to keep providers from charging whatever they wanted. As markets have become more competitive, there’s less need for tariffs to counter possible anticompetitive behavior....
Posted in: Internet, net neutrality, open internet, privacy
Date: 04.19.2017
Earlier this week, ISP critic Susan Crawford wrote an alarmist op-ed for the New York Times about the future of the open internet. USTelecom took the opportunity to offer a little peer review of her piece.  
Posted in: BDS, business broadband, Business Data Services, FCC, rural America, special access, Tech Transition, universal service
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...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, fiber, infrastructure
Date: 04.17.2017
For some rural towns and counties, upgrading the broadband infrastructure is a question of balancing a deeply held commitment to a rural identity with the costs of being left behind by a digitally powered world.For example, just a mere 60 miles outside of the Beltway, scenic Rappahannock County, Virginia is confronting the challenges of bringing a...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband investment, broadband service providers, business broadband, infrastructure, Internet, rural America
Date: 04.12.2017
One of the toughest roadblocks to bringing high speed broadband to rural counties is the cost of installing fiber optic cable. The Department of Transportation has compiled statistics that put the average cost of laying fiber at $27,000 per mile. This steep installation cost can scuttle even the most optimistic business case for expanding...
Posted in: FCC, regulatory reform
Date: 04.07.2017
Spring is traditionally the time for cleaning out drawers and closets, putting away the old and welcoming in the new. This year the Federal Communications Commission is  planning to do a bit of its own spring cleaning – and we like what we’re hearing. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to make economic analysis...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband adoption, consumers, digital, entertainment, Internet
Date: 04.05.2017
The always-connected, ubiquitous internet has transformed the music business. For the first time ever, streaming music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music have generated the majority of the music industry’s revenue in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2016, estimated retail revenues for...
Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband investment, broadband service providers, consumers, cybersecurity, infrastructure, net neutrality, privacy
Date: 04.03.2017
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter was featured on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” on Saturday, April 1 to talk about internet regulation and telecom issues. C-SPAN’s Peter Slen and Reuters’ David Shepardson asked an array of questions including recent legislation on consumer privacy, cybersecurity issues,...
Posted in: Administration , broadband service providers, consumers, legal and courts, legislation, privacy
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...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband benefits, cable, consumers, digital, Internet, video, video providers
Date: 03.23.2017
                                          For the first time, broadband has caught up with pay-TV services as a leading delivery channel for...