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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: 04.18.2017
  Getting mired in the weeds of important (but sometimes mind-numbing) details of FCC proceedings can distract from the big picture goal we all share: making sure broadband is available to all businesses and consumers throughout the nation. Accomplishing this will take a continuing commitment from providers that have already invested...
Date: 04.12.2017
One of the toughest roadblocks to bringing high speed broadband to rural counties is the cost of installing fiber optic cable. The Department of Transportation has compiled statistics that put the average cost of laying fiber at $27,000 per mile. This steep installation cost can scuttle even the most optimistic business case for expanding...
Date: 02.27.2017
A PDF of the letter is available here.    February 27, 2017   The Honorable John Thune                                       ...
Date: 02.14.2017
Next-generation networks increasingly will play a critical role in upgrading the efficiency of the nation’s infrastructure assets, USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter said during a panel focused on infrastructure and investment at NARUC’s 2017 winter meeting. Spalter appeared on a panel with executives from the water, oil...
Date: 01.31.2017
Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to launch a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to focus on ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed internet service. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Chairman Pai’s focus on practical,...
Date: 11.10.2016
Older adults represent a large percentage of the Americans who have not yet adopted broadband. In a 2015 Statista Research and Analysis survey, 41 percent of adults, ages 65 years and over, said they do not use the internet at all. Many seniors are not using broadband internet for a number of reasons, including affordability, accessibility,...
Date: 10.13.2016
While broadband internet adoption has been growing over the past two decades and the digital divide has been closing rapidly in recent years, there remains a group of non-adopters who may not be easily converted, according to NTIA's July 2015 Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. USTelecom enthusiastically...
Date: 01.14.2016
The proposals set forth in the Petition filed by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition seeking changes to rules governing the Rural Health Care (RHC) program should be rejected by the Federal Communications Commission. The RHC program, as managed today, is likely already pushing the boundaries of what is allowable under the Act,...

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