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Date: 03.13.2017
Attached is a spreadsheet identifying CAF II supported census blocks that have been assigned to a price cap carrier and claimed by another. The attachment specifies, for each block, the carrier that was originally assigned the block and the carrier that it should have been assigned to. Correcting these census block assignments will not affect the...
Date: 03.01.2017
As Congress begins discussing the possibility of making improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, there is growing support to include broadband as a core part of new funding and incentive programs. In a joint op-ed published in The Hill, USTelecom and NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association propose a simple roadmap to get more...
Date: 02.23.2017
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved orders that would facilitate buildout of rural broadband, modernize broadband provider accounting rules, and temporarily waive enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers. The following statement is from USTelecom...
Date: 02.13.2017
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is pleased to submit its comments in response to the Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on whether additional high-cost funding for the voluntary path to the model should be provided. In the FNPRM, the Commission notes that commenters to...
Date: 12.05.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits these reply comments in response to the Public Notice (Notice) issued by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission). Multiple parties filed comments on the two petitions (collectively, “the Petitions”) identified in the Notice...
Date: 11.30.2016
Earlier this spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that modified the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. USTelecom President Walter McCormick praised the move modernizing the Lifeline program, saying that it...
Date: 11.29.2016
On November 28, 2016, Jonathan Banks and B. Lynn Follansbee of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, met with Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn. On the same date, Lynn Follansbee had a separate telephone conversation with Nick Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Pai. Both conversations focused on the issue of the...
Date: 11.03.2016
USTelecom strongly supports policies that achieve the important public policy goal of closing the “homework gap.” Through a combination of significant private investment combined with existing universal service fund programs, USTelecom’s members are improving broadband access for groups targeted in the Petitions, including...
Date: 10.03.2016
Lifeline providers are working diligently to implement the comprehensive Lifeline reforms that the Commission recently adopted (Lifeline Order). However, as noted in the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) Petition for Reconsideration of the Lifeline order, multiple stakeholders have legitimate concerns regarding the inconsistencies...

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