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Number Portability Decision a Win for Consumers

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:05
05.26.2017

USTelecom welcomes the DC Circuit's decision in Neustar's challenge of the LNPA administrator award.

Background: This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a challenge by Neustar over the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to choose Telcordia Technologies (i.e. iconectiv) as the next local number portability administrator. USTelecom was an intervenor in this case.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionTags: FCClegal and courts

Enhancing Data Services in Rural Areas

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:09
05.25.2017

Rural telcos propose streamlining regulations related to the Business Data Services market

Today, ITTA and USTelecom, national associations representing rural communications service providers, filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to better promote competition by modernizing the regulations that apply to the offering of business data services (BDS) in rural areas.

The legacy BDS regulations that currently apply to many rural telcos impose unnecessary costs and prevent these carriers from offering beneficial rates, terms, and conditions to their customers. 

Issues: Business BroadbandTags: BDSbusiness broadbandBusiness Data ServicesFCCregulatory reformrural America

FCC Stops Rural Rate Hike

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:17
05.18.2017

Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionTags: Connect America FundconsumersFCCFCC Open Meeting rural Americauniversal service

FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" Proposal Welcome Return to Consumer-Focused Approach

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:11
05.18.2017

The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" plan puts pro-consumer and pro-investment policies within reach.

Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” which seeks comment on how the agency should treat broadband internet service in a dynamic, innovative online environment.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Open InternetTags: FCCFCC Open Meeting net neutralitynetwork managementopen internet

USTelecom Statement on the Nomination of David Redl to Lead NTIA

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:43
05.17.2017

Background: The White House yesterday nominated David Redl as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Tags: Administration Dept of CommerceNTIA

White House’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Paves the Way for More Secure Networks

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 13:43
05.11.2017

USTelecom welcomes the White House's step on enhancing cyber protections.

Background: Today, the White House issued an Executive Order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” which outlines steps for improving the nation’s cybersecurity.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: CybersecurityTags: Administration cybersecuritynational securityonline safety

Statement on Court's Decision Against Rehearing Open Internet Case

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:16
05.01.2017

USTelecom is gratified that three judges wanted to rehear the case and the FCC itself is now considering new rules to move back to investment and consumer-friendly net neutrality policies.

Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the full court will not hear an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order.

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

Issues: Open InternetTags: FCClegal and courtsopen internetOpen Internet rules

Efforts to Combat Robocalls Show Progress

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:56
04.28.2017

The industry's Robocall Strike Force submitted a report to the FCC about its progress in the robocall fight.

Background: Today, the industry-led Robocall Strike Force submitted a report to the Federal Communications Commission on its findings about robocalls and efforts to stop them.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom Vice President of Law & Policy Kevin Rupy:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionRobocallsSpoofingTags: consumersFCCRobocallsspoofing

Consumers Deserve Sustainable Net Neutrality Protections

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:46
04.26.2017

USTelecom supports the FCC's approach for light-touch internet regulation

Background: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced plans to circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would reverse the agency’s decision to regulate broadband networks under Title II of the Communication Act and restore light-touch regulation of internet access as Title I information services.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Open InternetTags: broadband investmentFCCnet neutralitynetwork managementopen internetOpen Internet rules

Utility Regulation and Broadband Network Investment: The EU and US Divide

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:11
04.25.2017

USTelecom today issued a research brief examining the adverse effects of restrictive Title II regulations on U.S. broadband investment per capita. 

USTelecom today issued a research brief, “Utility Regulation and Broadband Network Investment: The EU and US Divide” examining the adverse effects of restrictive Title II regulations on U.S. broadband investment per capita. Based on European investment levels, which take place under a Title II–like regime, U.S. broadband investment per capita could decline toward much lower European levels over time.

Issues: Open InternetTags: net neutralityopen internet

Rural Areas to Benefit From Rate-of-Return Flexibility Changes

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:36
04.20.2017

The FCC's change will give rate-of-return carriers more flexilbity while building in rural areas.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Broadband DeploymentUniversal ServiceTags: broadband deploymentbroadband investmentbroadband service providersFCCFCC Open Meeting universal service

FCC Modernizes Business Broadband Rules to Eliminate Outdated Regulations

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:20
04.20.2017

The FCC adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive and eliminates tariffing and other legacy pricing regulations in areas deemed to have sufficient competition.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Business BroadbandTags: BDSbusiness broadbandBusiness Data ServicesFCCFCC Open Meeting

FCC Takes a Step Toward Speeding Broadband Deployment

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:17
04.20.2017

FCC takes steps to make it faster for broadband providers to speed deployment of new infrastructure.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry into steps it can take to speed deployment of next-generation networks by removing barriers to investment, accelerating the transition from old copper networks to IP networks and reducing unnecessary FCC regulations.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Broadband DeploymentTech TransitionBroadband InfrastructureTags: broadband deploymentbroadband service providersFCCFCC Open Meeting IP transitionTech Transition

FCC’s Focus on Economic Analysis a Win for Consumers and Good Policymaking

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 15:57
04.05.2017

USTelecom applauds Chairman Pai's focus on making economic analysis a priority. 

Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to form an Office of Economics and Data and to ensure economic analysis is provided for rulemakings, transactions and auctions. 

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

“Good policymaking rests on a foundation of sound economic analysis and it will help consumers by encouraging competition and market-driven results. We commend Chairman Pai for making economic analysis a priority again at the agency.”

 

Tags: FCCregulatory reformrulemaking

USTelecom Statement on White House Signing Into Law Resolution to Remove Confusing Privacy Protections

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 18:01
04.03.2017

USTelecom responds to President Trump signing into law a resolution to overturn the FCC's broadband privacy rules.

Background: Today, President Trump signed into law a resolution Congress passed under the Congressional Review Act to remove rules that would have created inconsistent privacy protections for consumers.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionPrivacyTags: Administration HouseprivacySenate

Technology Communications Innovator Sally Aman Joins USTelecom Leadership as SVP of Communications & Public Affairs

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 09:01
04.03.2017

DC communications strategist Sally Aman is USTelecom’s new Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.

WASHINGTON, DC— DC communications strategist Sally Aman is USTelecom’s new Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, the broadband group announced today.  After 15 years at the helm of her own firm, Aman starts in her new role today.

Tags: USTelecom news

Congress Passes Resolution to Create Consistent Consumer Privacy Expectations Across the Internet

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:13
03.28.2017

USTelecom welcomes the House resolution to protect consumers' privacy.

Background: Today, the House approved a resolution passed by the Senate last week under the Congressional Review Act to remove rules that would have created inconsistent privacy protections for consumers.Issues: Consumer ProtectionPrivacyTags: Administration consumersFCCHouseprivacy

Senate Action on Privacy is a Win for Consumers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:08
03.23.2017

USTelecom believes the Senate's action to reject the FCC's ISP privacy rules is a win for consumers.

Background: Today, the Senate approved a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to roll-back counterproductive privacy rules adopted last year by the Federal Communications Commission which would have created inconsistent privacy protections for consumers.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionPrivacyTags: FCCInternetprivacySenate

FCC Takes a Forward-Looking Step to Remove Arcane International Reporting Requirements

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:37
03.23.2017

USTelecom is pleased the FCC took a step towards removing some unneccessary paperwork requirements.

Background: The FCC today adopted a rulemaking that proposes to eliminate arcane reporting requirements for providers of international services.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Tags: FCCFCC Open Meeting regulatory reform

FCC Takes Important Step Toward Combating Robocalls

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:17
03.23.2017

USTelecom welcomes the FCC's latest step to combat robocalls.

Background: The FCC today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry to explore ways to make it easier for telecommunications carriers to block robocalls calls, including spoofed calls, which fake the caller ID number to hide a caller’s real identity. 

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Issues: Consumer ProtectionRobocallsSpoofingTags: consumersFCCFCC Open Meeting RobocallsSpoofing