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Date: 05.25.2017
Today, ITTA and USTelecom, national associations representing rural communications service providers, filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to better promote competition by modernizing the regulations that apply to the offering of business data services (BDS) in rural areas. The legacy BDS regulations that...
Date: 05.18.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “...
Date: 05.18.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” which seeks comment on how the agency should treat broadband internet service in a dynamic, innovative online environment. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The FCC...
Date: 05.05.2017
USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but our initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Data compiled from internet service...
Date: 05.01.2017
Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the full court will not hear an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order. The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We’re gratified that three of the D.C. Circuit judges wanted to rehear...
Date: 04.28.2017
Background: Today, the industry-led Robocall Strike Force submitted a report to the Federal Communications Commission on its findings about robocalls and efforts to stop them. This statement is attributable to USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Kevin Rupy: “Today’s report of the industry-led Robocall Strike Force holds...
Date: 04.28.2017
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement about his plans to restore U.S. innovation by rejecting Title II regulation of the internet is a huge win not only for consumers, but for our connected economy and digital democracy. In an Axios op-ed yesterday, USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter explained why Pai's plan is...
Date: 04.27.2017
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter discussed his viewpoints on Title II and the Open Internet and its effects on consumers and the economy in an op-ed posted on news site Morning Consult today. Spalter notes that all sides continue to strongly support consumers’ right to be in control of their online experience. All sides also agree...
Date: 04.26.2017
Background: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced plans to circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would reverse the agency’s decision to regulate broadband networks under Title II of the Communication Act and restore light-touch regulation of internet access as Title I information services. This...
Date: 04.20.2017
Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds....

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