USTELECOM Association News


The growing demand for audio streaming

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 09, 2016

Streaming music is becoming increasingly popular as the digital music industry grows quickly. A 2015 study from Park Associates states that 66% of US households with broadband service use streaming music and 26% of those individuals subscribe to a paid audio streaming service. As internet-connected devices gain a foothold in today's society with wireless speakers, sound bars, multi-room audio systems and devices that connect to more than one form of technology, the interest in streaming music is expected to grow. Surprisingly, according to the survey, the top spot goes to Amazon Prime Music service. Learn more.


Cybersecurity: Next steps for the new administration

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 08, 2016

Multi-sector industry-government engagement is vital if the nation is to stay ahead of the prolific growth and creativity of global cyber threats, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at a recent USTelecom National Cybersecurity Policy Forum. Pritzker talked up a report that was months in the works commissioned by the President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Principles in the report "transcend partisan divide" and embrace priorities that Commerce championed in advancing greater cybersecurity protections, Pritzker said. Learn more.


Consumers want low-priced online video

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 07, 2016

Consumers want their TV content anytime and anywhere on all their devices, but they aren't willing to pay for the over-the-top video experience unless the price is right. Although interest in OTT services is strong, consumer demand is highly price sensitive and falls sharply as the cost increases, according to an analysis by MoffetNathson. An aggressively priced OTT service that includes the broadcast networks would likely cannibalize subscribers from higher-priced cable and satellite TV services, says the report. Learn more.


Dec. 8 webinar: Update, Collaborate, and Data!

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 06, 2016

The BroadbandUSA Community Connectivity webinar takes place on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Standard time. This initiative serves as a local planning tool that promotes broadband planning, action and progress. The discussion will look at how national data from the US Census and the Federal Communications Commission can inform local conversations about broadband. Participants in past webinars indicated that the CCI tool would be useful to engage others in their community. Efforts to translate that input into a "use case" will help to decide how to best collaborate with others. Register today.


Dec. 6: Commerce Secretary to Address USTelecom Cyber Forum

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 05, 2016

This Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard time, USTelecom has asked a special guest speaker to kick-off the eighth National Cybersecurity Policy Forum at the National Press Club. Secretary Penny Pritzker of the U.S. Department of Commerce will keynote the event and introduce the 2016 Cybersecurity Commission Policy Report, followed by two lively panel discussions -- the first panel from the perspective of government officials specializing in cybersecurity policies and the second panel with industry executives knowledgeable in cybersecurity efforts. It's not too late to register for this free event! Continental breakfast provided. Learn more.


Record-breaking Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 02, 2016

American consumers flocked to the internet on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, breaking historic records for online sales on the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. While analysts expected record-breaking online sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, no one predicted that Black Friday would almost surpass Cyber Monday as the largest online shopping day of the year. Black Friday online sales broke through the $3 billion mark for the first time at $3.34 billion, a whopping 21.6% increase over the year before, according to Adobe Digital Insights. Learn more.


Broadband providers preparing for Dec. 2 Lifeline rollout

USTelecom dailyLead® | Dec 01, 2016

Earlier this spring, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order that modified the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. USTelecom President Walter McCormick praised the move modernizing the Lifeline program, saying that it would "help to bring the transformative benefits of the internet to millions of low-income Americans." Many of the FCC's reforms are set to go into effect on Dec. 2, and eligible consumers can receive Lifeline benefits for broadband from providers who participate in the program. Learn more.


High-tech wearables attract seniors, too

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 30, 2016

Fitness trackers and smart watches are often the go-to accessory for healthy millennials obsessed with exercise and fitness. However, by 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, making seniors a logical target for wearable marketers. Internet-connected wearables are revolutionizing the health of seniors by monitoring vital signs, tracking symptoms and helping maintain a health regimen. From a simple smart watch app that reminds seniors to take their medication to sensor-laden smart fabrics that monitor and report vital signs, wearable technology is transforming elder care. Learn more.


Online retailers have big expectations

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 28, 2016

Retailers, both online and in-store, are putting their deals where the money is this holiday season. Cyber Monday 2016 will be the biggest online shopping day ever, raking in $3.4 billion in sales. Yet, it is expected that online sales will reach the $1 billion mark on 57 days throughout this year's holiday shopping season, according to Adobe Analytics. More than 116 million people, 10% more than last year, said they planned to shop for tech items during Black Friday week. Topping the list are connected tech devices: televisions, laptops, smartphones and video game consoles, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Learn more.


Security developments & sentiment on biometric technologies

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 23, 2016

Security is constantly a concern in cyberspace, at work and play. Biometric technologies are showing promise in tightening security -- but are not without risk and raise privacy concerns. Researchers and companies continue to innovate and test biometric applications that have important implications from national security to enhanced patient care to mobile payment systems. Fingerprints, facial scans and voice recognition can be useful, but each technology has limitations. When combined with other security measures, however, these options can strengthen and protect the user to a greater degree. Read more.


Cyber Monday 2016 set to break records

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 22, 2016

Cyber Monday, online retail's alternative to Black Friday, is expected to again surpass the previous year as the top online shopping day. Online sales on Nov. 28 will reach $3.4 billion, an increase of 9.4% over the $3.1 billion in 2015, according to Adobe, which tracks online purchases. Nearly half of online shopping visits on Cyber Monday will come from mobile devices, desktops and laptops as consumers are looking to spend big bucks. Online shopping offers plenty of unique advantages, including free shipping, no traffic hassles, and no lines. Learn more.


USTelecom names Allison Remsen executive vice president and chief of staff

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 21, 2016

USTelecom announced that communications industry veteran Allison Remsen will join the association as executive vice president & chief of staff effective Jan. 1, 2017. Remsen will take on this new role under the association's incoming President and CEO Jonathan Spalter. Allison is an innovative and resourceful association executive and a tenacious policy advocate who will bring her considerable leadership skills and operational experience, said Spalter. Learn more.


Dec. 6 -- The National Cybersecurity Policy Forum

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 18, 2016

The growing speed and complexity of cyberattacks in 2016 has accelerated concern about our nation's cyberresilience. In response to these threats, US government departments and agencies have developed new initiatives and intensified existing programs to enhance our nation's defenses against an array of adversaries. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, USTelecom will host the eighth forum at the National Press Club convening government and industry representatives to focus on cyberpolicy strategies. Register today.


Seniors get healthy with wearables

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 17, 2016

Fitness trackers and smart watches are often the go-to accessory for healthy millennials obsessed with exercise and fitness. However, by 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, making seniors a logical target for wearable marketers. Internet-connected wearables are revolutionizing the health of seniors by monitoring vital signs, tracking symptoms and helping maintain a health regimen. From a simple smart watch app that reminds seniors to take their medication to sensor-laden smart fabrics that monitor and report vital signs, wearable technology is transforming elder care. Learn more.


Business data services on FCC's November agenda

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 16, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission should reject plans to force a mandatory "wholesale" discount structure on the business data services marketplace in a proceeding that is scheduled for a vote tomorrow. Grafting a new "wholesale" discount on to the current structure does not reflect how BDS is sold and provisioned and would be counter to the commission's longstanding goals of facilities-based competition. Making resale artificially more attractive by mandating a special discount for a favored class of resellers will result in more resale and less investment in the real facilities-based competition that matters. Learn more.


Encouraging women to enter tech fields

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 15, 2016

The US tech economy faces a critical shortage of talent and continues to fail to draw women to the ranks. Women may account for 47% of the workforce, but they hold only 24% of the US computing jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only do schools and industry need to encourage more women to consider tech careers, companies must address the pay disparity between men and women. According to the tech recruitment platform Hired, women in the tech industry are offered starting salaries that are 8% lower than salaries offered to men. Learn more.


Wealth transfer in FCC's BDS proceeding

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 14, 2016

USTelecom strongly urges the Federal Communications Commission to reject policies that would encourage resale of business data services, rather than taking a forward-looking approach to encouraging competition and investment in an already-diverse marketplace. "Backward-looking regulations that encourage resale by making it cheaper will only serve to transfer wealth from small incumbents to often large (and growing) 'competitors,' which hardly seems like an appropriate regulatory goal," USTelecom said in a recent filing. Learn more.


Internet boosts growth of freelance economy

USTelecom dailyLead® | Nov 11, 2016

Employers and workers alike are benefiting from more accessible high-speed broadband connectivity and Internet-based tools. Currently, 12% of all employees are relying on freelancing as their primary source of income, according to the Staples Advantage Workplace Index. Freelancers also reported several benefits in lieu of having a traditional staff job. As more employees seek full time freelance work and organizations realize the monetary and talent resource benefits, the freelance economy is likely to continuing growing across the US business sector. Learn more.




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