USTELECOM Association News

Artificial intelligence: The rise of the smart machine

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 29, 2016

The development of a wide array of intelligent machine innovations also known as artificial Intelligence (AI) or smart machines is underway in labs across the nation, and has breathtaking potential for education, health care, business, finance and more. Several top universities are developing robotics projects as language-learning companions for children, companions to pediatric patients in hospitals as they face challenges, and to assist the handicapped. Robotic demonstrations are featuring everything from simple mechanical operations to more complex activities to self-driving vehicles. While some hail the advent of AI, others are more cautious, including Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X. Learn more.

Apps for better daily living

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 26, 2016

There are numerous apps available to help you get into shape, become more organized or manage your finances. is a pocket personal trainer. Evernote can streamline to-do lists while Mint offers improved money management. For those yearning for more education, Coursera offers 200 university-level courses across a variety of disciplines from marketing to music. There are even apps to help you find a new job with extensive databases and help in filtering searches. Learn more.

Helping consumers navigate internet privacy

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 25, 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, 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.

Internet businesses boom

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 24, 2016

Internet-related businesses generated an estimated $966 billion in 2014, accounting for 6% of the US economy. Employment in the Internet sector has doubled since 2007, approaching three million jobs. All good news for the US which ranks fifth in the world for innovation. But policymakers should tread carefully. Laws and regulations enacted now could stimulate or stymie broadband investment in the future, with significant consequences for the economy. Read more.

Video report highlights shifting habits

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 23, 2016

According to the Consumer Technology Association's "Video Consumption Trends Report," consumers are not only watching more streaming content, but they are also using more than one device at a time while doing so. While some individuals are opting to cancel their pay TV subscriptions, the report finds that several young adults like to use a second screen to enhance their traditional television programming, choosing to watch videos during commercials, comment on social media or to find information about what they are watching. Learn more.

USTelecom workshop focused on BDS debate

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 22, 2016

A panel discussion about the future of business data services was held Thursday, Aug. 18 by USTelecom and the Invest in Broadband for America coalition. The panel first heard opening remarks from former Sen. Mary Landrieu, followed by remarks from economist Glenn Woroch of Compass Lexecon, who has analyzed the Federal Communications Commission's extensive data. The event concluded with a separate panel discussion that was moderated by Lydia Beyoud of Bloomberg BNA, and included representatives from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Communications Workers of America and legal professionals. View the previously recorded video.

Fighting back on robocalls

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 19, 2016

Consumers have had it with the unyielding flood of unwanted and illegal robocalls. Industry wants to solve this problem, and is deploying tech experts to crack down on illegal calls. Recently, AT&T launched a Robocall Strike Force in tandem with other USTelecom members, which is working with the Federal Communications Commission to stop unwanted computer-generated phone calls. The mission is to speed the development and adoption of tools and technologies, and advise the FCC on how it can help in this ongoing battle. Learn more.

Telecom roadmap to 5G

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 18, 2016

Several of the nation's telecommunications companies are actively engaged in building all digital network infrastructures that can support next-gen wireless broadband technologies. There are more than 300 million subscribers to super-fast broadband service and the next wave of ultra-high speed gigabit broadband expansion is clearly in demand with possibly 50 billion devices connected by 2020. "New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before," said John Donovan, AT&T's chief strategy officer, adding, "5G will help make them a reality." Learn more.

Leveraging technology to build customer loyalty

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 17, 2016

Dynamic technologies combined with a wealth of data collection and optimization capabilities are enabling companies to finely target and engage customers in a highly personalized way. Businesses are realizing that honing in on the right technological tools to galvanize their customer outreach and communications is a must. Consumer experience involving multiple customer touch points, personalization, captivating messaging, relevant information and user-friendly tools is essential to gaining customer loyalty and driving success. Learn more.

Aug. 18 event: Future of Business Broadband Investment

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 16, 2016

Please join USTelecom and the Invest in Broadband for America coalition in a panel discussion about the future of business data services. For decades, Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) -- companies that have invested billions building out fiber to accommodate the broadband needs of businesses from coast-to-coast -- have provided their services at just and reasonable prices under Federal Communications Commission rules. Competition has grown as both ILECs and competing companies have invested in new infrastructure to serve businesses. The event will begin with a presentation by an economist who has analyzed the FCC's extensive data, followed by a panel discussion with voices on both sides of the issue. This is a free event and lunch will be provided. Register today.

Fiber is the foundation of wireless

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 15, 2016

Did you know that all wireless communications depend on fiber optic lines, and information sent on digital devices is transmitted in the form of light? This USTelecom video takes a look behind the scenes of daily digital communications. 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.

The interconnected world of IoT ecosystems

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 12, 2016

Internet of things devices have only begun gaining in popularity over the past few years, but they're already helping consumers, businesses and government to better communicate, record or analyze data. According to a report by Business Insider, there will be 34 billion internet-connected devices by 2020, of which 24 million are expected to be IoT devices. Some analysts predict there will be as many as 100 billion connected devices online by 2025 with an economic impact of $11 trillion globally. Learn more.

USTelecom urges FCC not to abandon broadband investment goals

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 11, 2016

USTelecom filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission's business data services proceeding urging the agency to pursue a fact-based analysis of competition in the marketplace. To support that effort, USTelecom also released a 2016 survey of small and medium-sized businesses which reiterated the fact that competition is much broader than the agency may have initially realized. The survey shows that new technologies and new entrants have multiplied the range of options for business customers, increasing the number of competitors significantly in the past three years. "To continue this growth and help wireless carriers deploy 5G services, we need policies that will encourage investment in new fiber and internet-enabled infrastructure," USTelecom President Walter McCormick said in a statement. Learn more.

Aug. 11 webinar: Marketing Broadband to Millennials

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 10, 2016

A substantial number of millennials (Gen Y) live in apartment building or condo MDUs, and major service providers are seeking to grow their broadband market share with this highly sought after consumer segment. Due to the complexity of this market, operators are looking at innovative solutions to succeed in capturing a part of this lucrative market. Register today.

A small business view of BDS

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 09, 2016

The market for Business Data Services is far more competitive than supporters of the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to impose new rate regulations continue to insist. USTelecom recently surveyed nearly 800 small and medium size businesses and found that roughly 75% of them had changed providers within the last five years. New competition from the cable industry has given survey respondents more BDS options, and has allowed them to switch between providers more frequently. That contradicts a key point in the FCC's proposed rulemaking which suggests that these two services represent clearly separate markets and serve different customers. Learn more.

Getting it right on pole rates

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 08, 2016

Five years ago, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a new formula for determining how much telecommunications and cable providers pay to attach equipment to utility poles. The agency brought the pole attachment rate telecom providers pay down closer to the rate charged to cable operators. But some utility companies substituted different averages used in the FCC's formula for determining the rate, which allowed them to demand much higher fees. Last year, electric companies sued after the FCC tweaked its pole attachment rules to close those loopholes. USTelecom supports the FCC's efforts to eliminate unjustified rate disparities between providers. Learn more.

Rural senators express concern about FCC's proposal

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 04, 2016

A group of nine US senators from rural states recently wrote a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to use the most up-to-date data -- including data provided by major cable companies -- in its analysis of competition in the business broadband market. In an effort to ensure that investment is not stifled by the FCC's proposed rule, the senators wrote that rural communities depend on investments in business data services, and without these investments, their communities will have a difficult time connecting small businesses, supporting wireless data service and enabling economic development. Learn more.

No FCC regulatory help needed -- CLECs are in good financial health

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 03, 2016

There is no basis for competitive local exchange providers to ask the Federal Communications Commission for monopoly-era regulation on last-mile fiber Ethernet connections. The marketplace is highly competitive with incumbents, CLECs, cable companies and others investing billions to build out infrastructure for business broadband services as data shows. With customers increasingly choosing alternative, higher-speed services, the shift away from copper-based legacy services has attracted cable industry competition and allows CLECs to compete effectively against incumbents, as AT&T points out. Learn more.

The growing demand for audio streaming

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 02, 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.

Free webcast Aug. 11: Growing Broadband Market Among Gen Yers

USTelecom dailyLead® | Aug 01, 2016

Join USTelecom and ADTRAN as we explore key service provider challenges and opportunities within the rapidly growing multi-dwelling units (MDUs) market. A substantial number of millennials (Gen Y), live in MDUs, and major service providers are seeking to grow their broadband market share with this highly sought after consumer segment. Due to the complexity of this market, operators are looking at innovative solutions to succeed in capturing a part of this lucrative market. Register today.

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