U.S. Telecom Press Releases

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FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Plan Will Ensure Continued Protections for All

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:20
11.21.2017

 

 

Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced he has circulated a Report and Order on Restoring Internet Freedom which would reverse the agency’s 2015 decision to regulate broadband internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Open InternetTags: broadband investmentFCCFTCnet neutralityopen internetOpen Internet rules

Rural Telecom Companies Ask FCC to Help Close the Digital Divide

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:35
11.17.2017

A group of 21 rural telecom providers today urged the Federal Communications Commission to help close the digital divide by adopting light-touch regulations that provide companies confidence to invest in network upgrades and expansions that can help close the digital divide between urban and rural households.  

Issues: Open InternetTags: FCCnet neutralityopen internetrural America

Utility Pole Changes Will Help Broadband Deployment

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:12
11.16.2017

 

 

Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order on Replacement Utility Poles that eliminates a requirement for a historic preservation review of a replacement utility pole as long as the original pole wasn’t a historic property and the replacement will be placed in the same spot and look like the original. It also approved a separate Report and Order addressing pole attachment policies aimed at speeding broadband deployment, including the establishment of a 180-day shot clock for resolving access complaints. 

Issues: Broadband DeploymentBroadband InfrastructurePole AttachmentsTags: broadband deploymentFCCFCC Open Meeting infrastructurepole attachments

FCC’s Action Paves the Way for Better Robocall Blocking

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:54
11.16.2017

Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order on Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls which would give voice providers express authorization to block robocalls from spoofed numbers, including unassigned phone numbers and invalid numbers.

This statement is attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionRobocallsTags: consumersFCCRobocallsSpoofing

David Redl Confirmed to Lead NTIA

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:41
11.07.2017

Background: David Redl tonight was confirmed as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Tags: industry newsNTIA

USTelecom Honors Board Chair with Donation to the GVTC Foundation

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:27
10.30.2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USTelecom honored outgoing Board Chair Robert Hunt, GVTC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Business Operations, for his commitment to the association and leadership promoting broadband investment, deployment and business growth. Incoming Chair Anand Vadapalli, President and CEO Alaska Communication Systems, presented Hunt with a donation from USTelecom to The GVTC Foundation.

Tags: USTelecom news

USTelecom Cybersecurity Toolkit: Industry Best Practices for Securing Cyber Space

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:30
10.27.2017

Washington, DC – In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, USTelecom today released the association’s 2018 Cybersecurity Toolkit - a comprehensive guide to navigating the complex world of cybersecurity.  

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurity

USTelecom Welcomes Elimination and Streamlining of Reporting Obligations

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:13
10.24.2017

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that eliminates and streamlines outdated reporting obligations for providing international services.

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

SPEED Act Eliminates Broadband Deployment Road Bumps

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:09
10.23.2017

Background: Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) have introduced the bipartisan SPEED Act that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been "subjected" to historical or environmental reviews, including by preempting FCC reviews.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

USTelecom Board Elects New Leadership

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:12
10.20.2017

USTelecom announced today that Alaska Communications Systems’ President and CEO Anand Vadapalli has been elected as the new Chair of the association’s Board of Directors.

Vadapalli joined Alaska Communications in 2006 after an extensive career in the telecom sector and became its CEO five years later. Alaska Communications is the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for business and consumers in Alaska, operating an advanced statewide data network that is connected to the contiguous U.S. via an undersea fiber optic system.

David Redl Should be Confirmed Soon as Head of NTIA

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:21
10.04.2017

Background:  The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today approved David Redl’s nomination to serve as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Tags: Administration Dept of CommerceNTIASenate

USTelecom Congratulates Chairman Ajit Pai on His Confirmation

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:19
10.02.2017

Background: Today, the Senate confirmed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for a second term at the agency.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Tags: FCCSenate

Closing the Digital Divide in Unserved Areas is a Vital Priority

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 13:27
09.28.2017

Background: Today, House and Senate Democrats unveiled a plan, “A Better Deal: Universal High-Speed Internet,” for ensuring all Americans have access to broadband internet access service.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Broadband DeploymentBroadband InfrastructureTags: broadband accessbroadband deploymentbroadband investmentbroadband service providersHouseSenate

Lorna Johnson Named USTelecom’s Vice President, Finance & Administration

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:30
09.01.2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter announced today that Lorna Johnson has been promoted to Vice President, Finance & Administration.

"Lorna’s commitment to transparency, accountability and fiscal prudence, coupled with her institutional knowledge, are tremendous assets to USTelecom, and I look forward to working with her in this new role,” said USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter.   

Tags: USTelecom news

Broadband Availability, Speeds Increasing According to New Report

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:58
08.25.2017

About 96 percent of Americans had at least one wired broadband option by mid-2016 and 84 percent had two options, according to a new analysis of Federal Communications Commission data by USTelecom and consultant Telcodata CensusNBM.

Issues: Broadband DeploymentIndustry StatsTags: broadband deploymentbroadband investmentbroadband service providersreports and studies

Robert Mayer Named USTelecom's Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:32
08.16.2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter announced today that Robert Mayer has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity.

"At a time of growing international focus on cybersecurity, we are fortunate to have Robert as a true leader on the USTelecom team. He is a respected convener and advocate in the cybersecurity community, and brings a depth of expertise and conviction that serves not only our members, but the hundreds of millions of customers they serve,” said USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter.

Issues: CybersecurityTags: USTelecom news