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Date: 02.13.2017
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is pleased to submit its comments in response to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether additional high-cost funding for the voluntary path to the model should be provided. In the FNPRM, the Commission notes that commenters to...
Date: 12.15.2016
Background: Today Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to step down from his post in coming weeks. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We thank Chairman Wheeler for his service and express our gratitude for his commitment to expanding next-generation...
Date: 12.05.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments in response to the Public Notice (Notice) issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission). Multiple parties filed comments on the two petitions (collectively, “the Petitions”) identified in the Notice...
Date: 11.30.2016
Earlier this spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that modified the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. USTelecom President Walter McCormick praised the move modernizing the Lifeline program, saying that it...
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: 11.03.2016
USTelecom strongly supports policies that achieve the important public policy goal of closing the “homework gap.” Through a combination of significant private investment combined with existing universal service fund programs, USTelecom’s members are improving broadband access for groups targeted in the Petitions, including...
Date: 10.03.2016
Lifeline providers are working diligently to implement the comprehensive Lifeline reforms that the Commission recently adopted (Lifeline Order). However, as noted in the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) Petition for Reconsideration of the Lifeline order, multiple stakeholders have legitimate concerns regarding the inconsistencies...
Date: 09.30.2016
On September 29, 2016, Walter B. McCormick, Jr., President and CEO of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, spoke with Commissioner Ajit Pai by telephone. The parties discussed the need to move forward on the draft Order adopting CAF II obligations for Alaska Communications Systems (ACS). Mr. McCormick expressed to Commissioner Pai the...
Date: 09.29.2016
On September 28, 2016, Walter B. McCormick, Jr., President and CEO of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, spoke with Commissioner Michael O’Rielly by telephone. The subject of discussion focused on the need to adopt CAF II obligations for Alaska Communications Systems (ACS) so that ACS can move forward with building to unserved...
Date: 07.29.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits this ex parte notice in response to separate petitions submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) by Microsoft Corporation and several joint petitioners (Microsoft Petition), and the Boulder Valley School District and the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy...

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