USTELECOM Association News

Societal changes challenge free speech policies

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 21, 2016

Leading social media and online search companies historically have expressed reluctance to answer the call of the US government to engage in anti-terrorism efforts. Concerns regarding censorship, disrupting First Amendment rights and free speech remain key considerations for these platforms designed to support open discourse.

Now, Google, Facebook and Twitter have all taken steps to combat terrorism, launching anti-extremism campaigns and suspending accounts to thwart extremist activity on social media platforms. However, determining where to draw the line proves to be a difficult task. Learn more.

Americans spend more time online, but still watch TV

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 20, 2016

According to the second quarter 2016 Nielsen Total Audience Report, the time Americans spend on new internet options has increased 61% to 3 hours and 39 minutes in the last two years, even as time spent on traditional media, such as TVs, DVDs and AM/FM radio, has only decreased slightly. Learn more.

Fiber is the foundation of wireless

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 19, 2016

This USTelecom video takes a look behind the scenes of daily digital communications. Turns out that all wireless communications depend on fiber optic lines, and information sent on digital devices is transmitted in the form of light. We need to expand our fixed line networks to meet the huge demand for mobile data traffic, estimated to increase 7 times between 2014 and 2019. Learn more.

Embracing free speech online

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 18, 2016

USTelecom is again participating in Free Speech Week this year, where we celebrate the important role that free speech and a free press play in our democracy and society. Nearly three out of four Americans say it is important that "people can say what they want" without government censorship, according to Pew Research. Overall, Americans continue to express strong support for freedom of speech, including freedom of the press and the right to use the internet without government intervention. Learn more.

Oct. 27 webcast: Privacy vs. Security

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 17, 2016

The scandal of Edward Snowden brought significant attention to the issues of big data privacy and security, generating a healthy public debate. On Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight time, join SAS Director of Emerging Technologies Tamara Dull, and USTelecom as they co-host a webcast exploring the issues of big data privacy and security, and discussing the six stages of the big data lifecycle: create, store, use, share, archive and destroy. Register today.

Understanding the broadband adoption gap

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 14, 2016

While a majority of Americans have adopted broadband internet and the digital divide is closing, there remains a group of non-adopters, according to NTIA's July 2015 Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. In 2015, 92 million American households (73%) were using the internet at home. Yet the survey found that 33 million (27%) still do not, and price was not the main reason. More than half said they had no interest in using the internet. This may be due to a lack of digital literacy. Learn more.

Privacy rules need to be consistent

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 13, 2016

Consumers want their personal information to be protected and remain private. However, many consumers also want to see free content and receive online promotional deals and discounts. Many sites and services are free because companies can show ads to consumers based on their browsing history or preferences. The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering new privacy rules on internet service providers that would treat all data the same, whether it's your Social Security number or the alias used to post comments on a website. Learn more.

Broadband USA Community Connectivity Webinar Series

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 12, 2016

Broadband USA is hosting two webinars exploring digital inclusion and broadband adoption. The first one will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight time, this Thursday, Oct. 13, and will cover community initiative updates and broadband adoption. This webinar will discuss digital equity, promoting device ownership, digital skills training, computer science and privacy, and community-based programs that drive adoption. Register for Oct. 13 webinar. The second webinar will take place on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. EDT and will explore the meaning behind digital inclusion. Speakers will review the history and their work with digital equity and inclusion. Register for Oct. 19 webinar.

Oct. 13 webinar: Lifeline Program Updates

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 11, 2016

This webinar will be hosted by the Universal Service Administrative Company on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. Learn about updates for the Lifeline Program, including the Lifeline Modernization Order and the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). Join this collaborative dialog with USAC and carriers throughout the industry as they discuss in detail the new functionalities that will be deployed in NLAD to address the benefit port freeze requirement. Learn more.

USTelecom reacts to FCC's proposed BDS regulations

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 10, 2016

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission released a fact sheet outlining a draft order for regulating the business data services (BDS) market. Although Chairman Tom Wheeler's draft order appropriately recognized that companies are investing and competing in BDS, USTelecom President Walter McCormick expressed concern that the order appeared to apply indiscriminate price regulation to legacy TDM services without regard to the state of competition or economic factors in a given service area. In order to encourage investment, job creation, and economic growth, McCormick urged the commission to revise its approach to better align with its statutory mandate to rely wherever possible on competition, rather than regulation. Learn more.

FCC's proposed broadband privacy regulations

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 07, 2016

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission outlined plans for new privacy rules on internet service providers, which will be voted on during the agency's October meeting. USTelecom President Walter McCormick stated that while the FCC's draft of its privacy rules was an improvement, the FCC would do best to defer to the expertise of the FTC when determining the level of consumer data sensitivity based on content. Learn more.

Kovacs: FCC policy a path to lower growth

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 06, 2016

Mandated price cuts in the business data services market will do "serious damage" to the financial underpinnings of both competitive and facilities-based providers, with the latter taking the greatest hit, according to a new paper by analyst Anna-Maria Kovacs. Kovacs's economic model measures the potential impact of price regulation under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. In her analysis, she states that price cuts will harm the market by reducing cash flow for investment in future infrastructure and the cuts will have a particular negative impact on investments supporting 5G backhaul. Learn more.

Keeping ahead of cybersecurity threats

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 05, 2016

Online protection has become a real concern for consumers with the rise of cyberattacks and increasing prevalence of harmful content disguised to look legitimate. Consumers must constantly be on guard to safeguard personal and financial information from the multitude of online scams. A key thing to remember is that not only are laptops and desktop computers vulnerable to cyber intrusions, so are mobile devices. Learn more.

Oct. 6 webcast -- 2017: The Year of 10Gbps Broadband

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 04, 2016

This Thursday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight time, join ADTRAN and USTelecom for a compelling webcast that will explore the current status, performance and cost challenges of deploying 10G PON technologies: NG-PON2 and XGS-PON. 2017 is promising to be the year multi-gigabit, 10G business services and fiber-to-the-home become available more widely on the market. The webcast will examine how these innovations support the user-driven service models that are needed by services providers to compete with web-scale operators. It will also look at what this development means for today's GPON solutions. Register today.

USTelecom Privacy Microsite launches

USTelecom dailyLead® | Oct 03, 2016

USTelecom launched a digital advertising campaign on privacy regulation today urging the Federal Communications Commission to make a proper choice when crafting new privacy regulations for internet service providers. The association encourages the FCC to protect consumers through equal internet privacy rules across technologies that promote innovation, cost savings and consumer choice, recognizing that data privacy is more important now than ever. The new plan under FCC consideration could chip away at online freedoms by requiring consumers to opt in before an ISP could offer promotions or share any preferences with advertisers. Learn more.

Helping consumers navigate internet privacy

USTelecom dailyLead® | Sep 30, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission wants to help consumers take charge of their online e-commerce data by putting new requirements on internet service providers (ISPs), and only ISPs. The agency has no authority over companies that deal day-to-day in e-commerce whose business practices are built upon consumer sharing of personal information. Most people think the FCC's approach is overly broad, according to comments filed with the FCC, but some public interest groups are pushing for regulation. This makes little sense given that ISPs have no greater access to users' activity and information than other internet players. USTelecom is asking the FCC to rethink its policy. Learn more.

Why pay-TV companies are going "skinny"

USTelecom dailyLead® | Sep 29, 2016

CenturyLink, Verizon, satellite provider DISH, and internet TV purveyors PlayStation Vue and Hulu are all experimenting with offering limited packages of popular live-TV channels at a reduced price in hopes of winning a bigger share of cord cutters and consumers who have never subscribed to cable. These so-called "skinny bundles," slimmed down packages of channels, are hoping to slow the trend of viewers favoring on-demand video services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu. These two consumer groups make up 19% of all TV homes, a rising trend pay-TV execs cannot afford to ignore. Learn more.

TOMORROW: Georgetown University Economic Summit

USTelecom dailyLead® | Sep 27, 2016

As the nation faces a political transition, the time is ripe to consider economic policies that will ensure America’s leadership in the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge digital infrastructure. On Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight time, this Economic Summit will assemble leading economists from across the country to: identify the principal economic policy challenges facing the ongoing deployment of broadband technologies; discuss current policy developments that impact investment and digital infrastructure deployment; and offer recommendations for next-administration policies. For more information, visit the Georgetown School of Business website.

Putting smarts into smart homes

USTelecom dailyLead® | Sep 26, 2016

For the past several years, the tech industry talked up smart homes, but the first generation of Internet of Things connected homes was little more than a mismatched collection of accessories. Now, tech companies like Apple and Samsung are developing secure, integrated platforms to deliver on the promise of seamless home automation. Home builders are ready to make smart home technologies a built-in feature instead of an aftermarket add-on. Apple announced in June that the three top US home builders -- Brookfield Residential, KB Home, and Lennar -- have agreed to support its HomeKit in their new properties. Learn more.

Sept. 28 Economic Summit: America's Digital Infrastructure

USTelecom dailyLead® | Sep 23, 2016

As the nation faces a political transition, the time is ripe to consider economic policies that will ensure America's leadership in the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge digital infrastructure. On Sept. 28, 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight time, this Economic Summit will assemble leading economists from across the country to: identify the principal economic policy challenges facing the ongoing deployment of broadband technologies; discuss current policy developments that impact investment and digital infrastructure deployment; and offer recommendations for next-administration policies. Find out more.

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