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USTelecom Statement on Pole Attachment and Telehealth Votes at August FCC Open Meeting

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:49
08.02.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered seven items during its August 2, 2018 Open Commission Meeting, including the Wireline Infrastructure Report and Order (WC Docket No. 17-84; WT Docket No. 17-79) on pole attachments, and the Connected Care Pilot Program Notice of Inquiry (WC Docket No. 18-213) supporting telehealth services. 

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Tags: FCCFCC Open Meeting pole attachments

Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE) Statement on DHS Cybersecurity Summit

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:57
07.31.2018

Background: The Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE) brings together leading global companies from across the information technology and communications sectors to combat increasingly sophisticated and emerging cyber threats through collaborative actions.

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurityDHSinfrastructureInternetUSTelecom news

USTelecom Statement on DHS Cybersecurity Summit

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:19
07.31.2018

Background: On July 31, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted a National Cybersecurity Summit convening stakeholders from government, industry, and academia for a series of expert panels and discussions on strengthening national cybersecurity. Four USTelecom members participated, including Anand Vadapalli, Chair of the Board and CEO of Alaska Communications Systems; Rusty Moore, Chair of the USTelecom Leadership Committee and General Manager of Big Bend Telephone; and John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurityDHS

USTelecom Board Chair on DHS Cybersecurity Summit Participation

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:18
07.31.2018

Background: On July 31, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted a National Cybersecurity Summit convening stakeholders from government, industry, and academia for a series of expert panels and discussions on strengthening national cybersecurity. Four USTelecom members participated, including Anand Vadapalli, Chair of the Board and CEO of Alaska Communications; Rusty Moore, Chair of the USTelecom Leadership Committee and General Manager of Big Bend Telephone; and John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurityDHS

USTelecom Participation in Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Summit

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:53
07.27.2018

** USTELECOM MEDIA ADVISORY **

USTelecom Participation in 
Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Summit

The DHS National Cybersecurity Summit will convene a diverse group of stakeholders across government, industry, and academia to reinforce DHS’s collective defense mission and its commitment to working across a wide range of industries and sectors to protect national critical functions. 

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurityDHS

USTelecom Statement on House Passage of “ACCESS BROADBAND Act”

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 17:12
07.23.2018

Background: The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the bipartisan “Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act” (ACCESS BROADBAND Act; H.R. 3994) requiring the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth inside the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

USTelecom Statement on the “Next Generation Television Marketplace Act”

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:18
07.23.2018

Background: Today, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced the “Next Generation Television Marketplace Act” of 2018.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Brian Weiss Joins USTelecom Communications Team

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:21
07.23.2018

Washington, D.C. - USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter announced today that communications veteran Brian Weiss will be joining the association as Vice President of Media Affairs effective July 23.

USTelecom Statement on House E&C Passage of ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:15
07.12.2018

Background: On Thursday July 12, 2018, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a slate of bills on telecom, digital commerce, and the FCC. The Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Businesses Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act, or ACCESS BROADBAND Act (H.R. 3994), requires the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Issues: Broadband Deployment

Statement on Number Portability and FCC Complaint Process Votes at FCC July Open Meeting

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:13
07.12.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered six items during its July 12, 2018 Open Commission Meeting, including the Nationwide Number Portability Report and Order (WC Docket No. 17-244) that eliminates and eases regulatory requirements that the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions identified as barriers to Nationwide Number Portability; and the Formal Complaint Rules Report and Order (EB Docket No. 17-245) that alters rules governing formal complaint proceedings delegated to the Enforcement Bureau.

Tags: FCCFCC Open Meeting

Government Support Key to Bridging Digital Divide in Rural America

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:50
07.11.2018

Government Support Key to Bridging Digital Divide in Rural America
Report examines underlying economics and need for subsidies to support rural networks

Arlington, Va. (July 11, 2018)—Delivering broadband to sparsely populated rural areas is a costly and challenging endeavor that requires significant upfront investment. Subsidies in the telecommunications industry and other infrastructure contexts have been, and remain, essential for network providers to meet deployment challenges in high cost areas. 

Issues: Broadband DeploymentBroadband InfrastructureTags: broadband deploymentbroadband investmentreports and studiesrural America

USTelecom Statement on NTIA Reauthorization Act Hearing

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:58
06.26.2018

Background: Today the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “Discussion Draft: National Telecommunications and Information Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.”

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Tags: NTIA

USTelecom Statement on NTIA Reauthorization Act Hearing

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 09:12
06.26.2018

Background: Today the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “Discussion Draft: National Telecommunications and Information Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.”

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Tags: hearingNTIA

USTelecom Responds to Restoring Internet Freedom Rules Effective Today

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:30
06.11.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, adopted on December 14, 2017, officially goes into effect on June 11, 2018. The Order reverses the FCC’s previous decision, under the Open Internet Order of 2015, to regulate broadband internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Issues: Open InternetTags: FCCInternet regulationnet neutralityopen internet

USTelecom Responds to FCC Passage of Slamming and Cramming Rules

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:55
06.07.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules on slamming and cramming at its open commission meeting on June 7, 2018. The order will protect consumers from unauthorized charges and other abuses.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionTags: FCCFCC Open Meeting Robocalls

USTelecom Responds to FCC’s Rural Forbearance Order

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:25
06.07.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to eliminate disparate treatment of Rural Broadband Providers. The order grants forbearance from applying Universal Service Fund contribution requirements to rural carriers' broadband Internet access transmission services.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: 

Issues: Broadband DeploymentTags: FCCFCC Open Meeting rural America

USTelecom Responds to FCC’s Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Vote

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:08
06.07.2018

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today passed a Second Report and Order on Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment. The order will streamline the section 214(a) discontinuance process and the network change notification process.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: 

Issues: Broadband DeploymentTech TransitionTags: broadband deploymentFCCFCC Open Meeting Tech Transition

USTelecom Statement on Nomination of Geoffrey Starks as FCC Commissioner

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:10
06.04.2018

Background: The White House announced its nomination of Geoffrey Starks, assistant chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, to serve as a Commissioner at the agency.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom:

Tags: FCC

CSDE Adds CTA as Strategic Partner on International Anti-Botnet Guide

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:33
05.30.2018

 

 

CSDE Adds CTA as Strategic Partner on International Anti-Botnet Guide​

Issues: CybersecurityTags: cybersecurityDept of CommerceDHSInternetUSTelecom news

USTelecom Statement: Multi-Agency Report on Cybersecurity Delivered to President Trump

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:11
05.30.2018

Background: The Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delivered a report to President Trump on botnets and distributed attacks.

The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: CybersecurityTags: Administration cybersecurity