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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: 03.02.2017
Americans have always enjoyed an open internet — long before regulators decided they had to "save the internet" by turning it into a utility, USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter wrote in an op-ed for Axios. Spalter said the open internet policy debate is “not about whether we safeguard an open internet. It's...
Date: 01.03.2017
Today, USTelecom formally asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider privacy rules on internet service providers narrowly adopted in November by a divided commission. USTelecom believes the rules establish a confusing and conflicting regime over one segment of the internet ecosystem. The petition asks the...
Date: 01.03.2017
Background: Today, USTelecom filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services Report and Order. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “In filing this petition, USTelecom is laying out a path for...
Date: 12.08.2016
Multi-sector industry-government engagement is vital if the nation is to stay ahead of the prolific growth and creativity of global cyber threats, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at a recent USTelecom National Cybersecurity Policy Forum. Pritzker talked up a report that was months in the works commissioned by the President’s...
Date: 10.06.2016
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlined plans for new privacy rules on Internet Service Providers. The following statement, reacting to the FCC’s announcement of draft privacy rules, can be attributed to USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Consumers are best served when privacy rules are clear...
Date: 10.05.2016
Mandated price cuts in the business data services market will do “serious damage” to the financial underpinnings of both competitive and facilities-based providers, with the latter taking the greatest hit, according to a new paper by analyst Anna-Maria Kovacs, visiting scholar with the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy....
Date: 09.02.2016
Internet providers, Silicon Valley companies, advertisers and even the FTC have all provided feedback to the Federal Communications Commission about why its proposed privacy rules are problematic. It would do little more than impose needless restrictions on broadband providers without actually increasing online users’ privacy. Harvard Law...
Date: 07.29.2016
Background: Today USTelecom requested the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia conduct an en banc review of legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) extension of public utility regulation to the Internet.   The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “USTelecom...
Date: 07.29.2016
STATEMENT UNDER FED. R. APP. P. 35(b) For decades, the FCC, on a bipartisan basis, has disclaimed any authority to straitjacket the Internet with public-utility, common-carrier regulation. It repeatedly concluded that Congress, in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“1996 Act”), fenced off Internet access and earlier services...

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