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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: 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: 02.02.2016
Federal regulators should think carefully about attacking zero-rating plans, USTelecom President Walter McCormick said on C-SPAN’s Communicators program. The plans, which give consumers a cost break in exchange for sponsored ads, are facing a challenge from those who believe they violate net neutrality rules. Public interest should be the...
Date: 12.04.2015
Background: Today, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, USTelecom and other parties argued their case against Title II reclassification and other issues in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open Internet order. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Today’s...
Date: 11.19.2015
There is concern among congressional lawmakers that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is arbitrarily applying its rules and singling out certain companies or industries for regulation, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said at a FCC oversight hearing earlier this week.  During the...
Date: 11.09.2015
The decision to regulate broadband Internet access should be up to Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission, according to an amicus brief recently filed supporting USTelecom’s lawsuit challenging reclassification of service providers under common carrier Title II regulation. The brief argues that legislative activity following the...
Date: 11.04.2015
Amici curiae support an “open Internet.” However, they believe that whether and how to regulate Internet access are policy questions of such profound significance that they are to be answered only by Congress. Over the last decade, Congress repeatedly has considered and debated these questions. Countless proposals to authorize the FCC...
Date: 10.05.2015
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reclassification of broadband Internet access service is unlawful, USTelecom said in its reply brief in the case challenging the open Internet order. The brief takes issue with several arguments the FCC made in its response to the court challenge, concluding, among other things, that the FCC...

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