Brian Weiss

USTelecom Statement on Commerce Committee Activity

WASHINGTON, DC – USTelecom | The Broadband Association, a leading association of connectivity providers and innovators, today issued the following statements after the Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Don Graves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and advanced S.163, the Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act, sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Jerry Moran (R-KS).

The following statements can be attributed to USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter.

Nomination of Don Graves, Deputy Secretary of Commerce

“USTelecom congratulates Don Graves on the next step toward his confirmation as Deputy Secretary of Commerce where he’ll play a vital role in our connected digital future and shared universal connectivity goals. We look forward to working with the department to tackle issues related to cybersecurity, 5G, the future of the internet, as well as ways to grow our digital economy and increase broadband opportunity for all.”

Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act

“This is a positive development toward maintaining our shared communications networks and ensuring we all stay connected. As 5G and transformative next generation technologies continue to emerge, Senators Thune, Tester, Peters, Wicker and Moran have come up with a strategic plan to bring policymakers and innovators together to identify, train and employ the high skilled 5G and broadband workforce that will strengthen America’s connected leadership now and in the years ahead. We urge the full Senate to consider and advance this legislation.”


USTelecom is the national trade association representing technology providers, innovators, suppliers, and manufacturers committed to connecting the world through the power of broadband.