April 3, 2017
USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter was featured on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” on Saturday, April 1 to talk about internet regulation and telecom issues. C-SPAN’s Peter Slen and Reuters’ David Shepardson asked an array of questions including recent legislation on consumer privacy, cybersecurity issues, investment in broadband infrastructure, and USTelecom’s perspective on net neutrality.
Throughout the conversation, Spalter explained why recent privacy legislation passed by Congress will help decrease consumer confusion and how internet service providers have voluntarily committed to protect their customers’ information by following the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s rules. He added that strong privacy protections are in place when it comes to the sensitive data of consumers and that data will not be sold or shared on networks.
Spalter also discussed the importance of net neutrality and why internet service providers (ISP) don’t like Title II. He clarified that USTelecom broadband service provider members do indeed support the open and free environment of the internet.
He also reinforced the fact that USTelecom is a community of broadband innovators who are laying a foundation of fiber to support the next generation of internet innovation and that these companies are the core to the technological process and the transformative benefits of broadband.
USTelecom members provide service in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, bringing broadband to millions of customers. They have invested more than $1.2 trillion in broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years. These companies believe in the idea of universal service delivering broadband to all Americans regardless of where they live. View the entire video.