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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: 02.07.2017
Background: Today, Senate Democrats held a press briefing with online advocates to discuss the future of net neutrality legislation. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Maintaining – and strengthening – our dynamic, ever-innovating and open internet is a vital national interest...
Date: 01.27.2017
Background:  Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated an order that would waive for five years the enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small businesses with no more than 250,000 subscribers. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “The order that...
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...
Date: 07.07.2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy proceeding has prompted hundreds of comments complaining about the commission’s “overly broad” proposal. Taking a different stance is a group led by Public Knowledge (PK), which wants stricter privacy regulation aimed only at internet service providers (ISPs). This...
Date: 07.06.2016
USTelecom is pleased to submit its reply comments in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a new privacy regime for broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers. In the Notice, the Federal Communications Commission seeks comment on its application of traditional privacy requirements of the Communications...
Date: 06.16.2016
USTelecom Applauds Passage of Small Business Broadband Deployment Act Background: Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015 (S-2283), which would provide a three-year exemption for small Internet Service Providers from enhanced transparency requirements in the Open Internet...
Date: 02.25.2016
Background: Today, The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill by voice vote temporarily exempting small Internet service providers from transparency requirements in the Open Internet order. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “We applaud today’s bipartisan vote giving small Internet...

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