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USTelecom Welcomes Hawley Stanton to Government Affairs Team
12.15.2017

USTelecom is delighted to welcome Hawley Stanton to its legislative team as Manager of Government Affairs. She joins USTelecom from the office of Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), who serves as chair of the House Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Rural Health Care Proceeding Can Promote Telehealth Services
12.14.2017

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order aimed at ensuring sufficient funding is available for the Rural Health Care Program and that any waste, fraud or abuse is eliminated

The following statement is attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

FCC Restores Consumer-Friendly Open Internet Protections
12.14.2017

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which reversed the agency’s previous decision to regulate broadband internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

The following statement is attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

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Statement on Harassment of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
11.28.2017

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: 

“Efforts to intimidate Chairman Pai and his young family through racist language and other acts are reprehensible and have no place in our civil society. We join others in condemning these actions.”  

 

 

 

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

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Rural Telecom Companies Ask FCC to Help Close the Digital Divide
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.  

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FCC’s Action Paves the Way for Better Robocall Blocking
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:

Utility Pole Changes Will Help Broadband Deployment
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. 

David Redl Confirmed to Lead NTIA
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:

USTelecom Honors Board Chair with Donation to the GVTC Foundation
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.

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