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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: 03.30.2016
Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order making reforms to universal service program rules for rural carriers, and released an item seeking further comment on additional changes. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “We are pleased that the FCC has released an...
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,...
Date: 01.12.2016
Ahead of a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing Jan. 11, Republican commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wrote a letter urging Congress to review a decision not to grant small Internet service providers (ISP) a permanent exemption from the “enhanced transparency requirements” of the FCC open...
Date: 10.28.2015
The continued difficulty of accessing federal lands adds costs to the deployment of broadband networks, especially in rural areas and tribal lands, CenturyLink’s Regulatory Counsel Jeb Benedict told the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  The subcommittee held a hearing to discuss how to...
Date: 09.10.2015
Technology has important implications for farmers, ranging from crop monitoring to marketing, but how avidly are U.S. producers accessing the Internet in rural locations across the nation? According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, Internet access is on the rise among farmers. The survey, conducted in June 2015, is based...

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