USTELECOM Association News


FCC orders set path for increased broadband investment

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2017

This week, the Federal Communications Commission approved orders that would facilitate buildout of rural broadband, modernize broadband provider accounting rules, and temporarily waive enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers. "Today's adoption of the auction order is an important step toward expanding broadband infrastructure in rural America and connecting more people to the internet. We look forward to working with the commission on remaining auction requirements to reach a speedy and successful result," said USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter. Learn more.


Death, taxes and data thefts

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 23, 2017

Data thefts are the stuff of lurid headlines and baleful identity protection ads. While they may not be as pervasive as death and taxes, data thefts have impacted the lives of nearly two-thirds of Americans, according to a new analysis by Pew Research. From fraudulent charges on a credit card to a hijacked online social media account, 64% of Americans have been hit with some form of data theft, the study said. Not all Americans are equally vulnerable; data thieves go where the money is. Learn more.


Seniors get healthy with wearables

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 22, 2017

Fitness trackers and smartwatches 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 smartwatch 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.


Thursday webcast: Wi-Fi Costing You Customers?

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 21, 2017

Join ADTRAN and USTelecom this Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. Eastern time, as we outline how self-optimizing network (SON) technologies completely automate Wi-Fi setup and management, intelligently optimize performance for all devices, and support seamless roaming across extended areas. As bandwidth demand explodes, broadband service delivery has become the next competitive battleground. Connectivity issues can give customers a negative experience, possibly causing them to switch service providers. Learn more about the causes of typical Wi-Fi related problems and how to leverage technologies to maximize the user experience. Register today.


Putting smarts into smart homes

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 20, 2017

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. Homebuilders 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 homebuilders -- Brookfield Residential, KB Home, and Lennar -- have agreed to support Apple's HomeKit in their new properties. Learn more.


SIP Forum approves update to Technical Recommendations

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 17, 2017

The SIP Forum, an industry association devoted to IP interoperability, announced it has ratified version 2.0 of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation, which will provide a more extensive and standardized set of guidelines for seamless, end-to-end interoperability between SIP-enabled IP-PBXs and service provider networks. The previous version focused primarily on basic network registration, identity/privacy management, call originations, call terminations, and advanced services. Now, guidance on security, emergency calling location, early media, and IPv6 has been added. Visit here for more information.


Video quality stays front and center for OTT providers

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 16, 2017

Over-the-top providers experienced technical glitches in online streaming once again during this year's Super Bowl. As the Patriots rallied against the Falcons in the fourth quarter, viewers using the Fox Sports Go app had their connection go down for a brief, but critical interval. Still, live streaming of big events has come a long way, but it will take a continuing focus on quality to make it as reliable and as widely used as cable and broadcast TV, definitely a priority for OTT providers. Compared to on-demand video, it is infinitely harder to deliver a quality live stream for a big event like the Super Bowl that has millions of simultaneous viewers. Learn more.


Feb. 23 webcast: Wi-Fi Costing You Customers?

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 15, 2017

As bandwidth demand explodes, broadband service delivery has become the next competitive battleground. Connectivity issues can give customers a negative experience, possibly causing them to switch service providers. Join ADTRAN and USTelecom on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, as we outline how self-optimizing network (SON) technologies completely automate Wi-Fi setup and management, intelligently optimize performance for all devices, and support seamless roaming across extended areas. Learn more about the causes of typical Wi-Fi related problems and how to leverage technologies to maximize the user experience. Register today.


Broadband's role in infrastructure

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 14, 2017

Next-generation networks increasingly will play a critical role in upgrading the efficiency of the nation's infrastructure assets, USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter said during a panel focused on infrastructure and investment at NARUC's 2017 winter meeting. Broadband strengthens brick and mortar assets, and continuing investment in internet infrastructure is essential to keep pace with fast-moving broadband-fueled innovation, Spalter said. Pro-consumer and pro-investment policies are especially important in this economic climate, given the worrying dip in 2015 broadband industry capital investment captured in a December USTelecom industry report. Learn more.


Mobile growth relies on wired network investment

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 13, 2017

Global mobile internet traffic is expected to grow seven times from 2016 to 2021, and US mobile traffic will grow five times, according to a new mobile traffic forecast released by the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI). Mobile traffic is a reflection of exciting innovations such as digital devices, Internet of Things and Virtual Reality. However, wired networks play a critical role in making all of these innovations possible, providing the backbone to accommodate surges in mobile traffic. In the United States, 64% of traffic from mobile devices was off-loaded onto wired networks in 2016, and that will grow to 70% in 2021. Learn more.


USTelecom calls for a "Broadband First" policy

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 10, 2017

"Broadband First" is a major policy goal at USTelecom, said USTelecom Vice President Diane Holland at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council's Broadband and Social Justice Summit in a panel discussion on broadband and 5G deployment. Making broadband a priority in new infrastructure investment programs can lead to greater deployment, digital inclusion and job opportunities, Holland said. Learn more.


Spalter: A law for the next 21 years

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 09, 2017

Few lawmakers could have envisioned how the world has changed since Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter wrote in an op-ed in The Hill on the 21st anniversary of the law. Just 20 million American adults had access to the internet back then, through dial-up services like America Online, CompuServe or Prodigy. The Telecom Act promoted competition and lifted some regulations, allowing phone, cable TV and media companies to transform their business models to compete head to head. While the law was a remarkable success story, American consumers deserve a blockbuster sequel to keep our innovation economy moving. Read more.


Encouraging women to enter tech fields

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 08, 2017

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.


Feb. 9 webcast: LPNA Transition to iconectiv

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 07, 2017

This Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, join iconectiv and USTelecom for an informative webcast discussing the requirements and process for registering with the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA). Any carrier or service provider with a mechanized Service Order Activation (SOA) and/or Local Service Management System (LSMS) interface to the NPAC must be registered by April 2017 with the new LNPA in order to participate in required testing and turn-up. For updates, assistance or to access the registration materials, please visit the NPAC transition website.


Smart cities need broadband investment

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 03, 2017

Making cities smart for all residents requires high-speed broadband connections for every household. Broadband companies have invested $76 billion alone in 2015 in the US infrastructure, and over $1.5 trillion since 1996. Smart city numbers are increasing due to these investments, which help to build the fiber used for innovative broadband networks that link together the Internet of Things. There will be nearly 100 smart cities around the world by 2025, according to IHS Technology. Louisville, a pioneer of smart cities, is making great headway to help its citizens by using its connective broadband network. Learn more.


Feb. 9 Webcast: LPNA Transition to iconectiv

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 02, 2017

Any carrier or service provider with a mechanized Service Order Activation (SOA) and/or Local Service Management System (LSMS) interface to the NPAC must be registered by April 2017 with the new LNPA (iconectiv) in order to participate in required testing and turn-up. On Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, join iconnectiv and USTelecom for an informative webcast discussing the requirements and process for registering with the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA). For updates, assistance, or to access the registration materials, please visit the NPAC transition website.


USTelecom president talks broadband infrastructure

USTelecom dailyLead® | Feb 01, 2017

USTelecom President & CEO Jonathan Spalter said including broadband in new infrastructure investment programs would be "truly transformative for our country," in remarks at a recent USTelecom summit on broadband investment and policy, held at the National Press Club on Jan. 26. "We need infrastructure strong enough to connect not just every person, but everything. Translating the internet of things into the Infrastructure of Things will take smart policy and strong public-private collaborations at all levels of government," Spalter said in opening statements at the summit titled, "Broadband First: Investing in America's Infrastructure." Learn more.


The future of voice recognition

USTelecom dailyLead® | Jan 31, 2017

Voice control is rapidly replacing the keyboard stroke, mouse click and finger tap as a preferred way to control computers, smart devices and personal data. Less than three years after it was introduced, Amazon's Echo sits on a table in about 4% of American households. Apple's Siri handles over 2 billion commands a week, and 20% of Google searches on Android-powered handsets in America come via voice commands, according to a recent Economist report. All of those devices depend upon access to a powerful, ubiquitous wired broadband infrastructure which provides a foundation for wireless networks. Learn more.


Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

USTelecom dailyLead® | Jan 30, 2017

Associations representing virtually all of the leading US internet service providers filed a petition last week asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay unnecessarily restrictive and destructive broadband privacy rules recently adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. The associations also released detailed principles reiterating ISPs' commitment to protecting their consumers' privacy online. The principles reaffirm and restate the ISPs' longstanding, pro-consumer privacy practices based on the highly respected Federal Trade Commission framework, which has protected internet users for years and provided the flexibility necessary to innovate new product solutions to enhance consumers' online experiences. Learn more.




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