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Date: 04.20.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive and eliminates tariffing and other legacy pricing regulations in areas deemed to have sufficient competition. This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO...
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....
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...
Date: 04.13.2017
On April 11, 2017, Jonathan Spalter (by telephone), Jon Banks and I of USTelecom met with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and her Wireline Legal Advisor Claude Aiken to discuss the draft Order in the above-referenced proceedings. USTelecom expressed support for the Commission’s efforts to advance this long-pending proceeding by adopting...
Date: 04.12.2017
On April 10, 2017, Jonathan Spalter, Diane Holland and I met with Chairman Pai and his advisor Jay Schwarz to discuss business data services. The proposed Order, if put into place, will drive additional investment in building more fiber connections to more businesses, increasing competition, and expanding and strengthening the fiber networks that...
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...
Date: 02.01.2017
Remarks by USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter Broadband First: Investing in America’s Infrastructure January 26, 2017 It was 60-plus years ago when President Dwight Eisenhower, fresh from World War II Europe’s front-row seat where he was able to see the efficiency of the German autobahn, came back to the United States...
Date: 11.16.2016
    Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission announced it would not move forward with a vote to regulate business data services. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “We appreciate Chairman Wheeler’s decision to abide by requests from Congress not to move forward...
Date: 11.14.2016
On November 10, 2016, Diane Holland and the undersigned of USTelecom met with Stephanie Weiner and Lisa Hone, Senior Legal Advisor and Legal Advisor, respectively, to Chairman Wheeler; Howard Symons, FCC General Counsel; and Matt DelNero, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. We discussed the possibility that the BDS Order described in the...
Date: 11.10.2016
USTelecom strongly urges the Federal Communications Commission to reject policies that would encourage resale of business data services, rather than taking a forward-looking approach to encouraging competition and investment in an already-diverse marketplace. “Backward-looking regulations that encourage resale by making it cheaper will only...

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