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USTelecom Committed to Halting Illegal Robocalls
07.22.2015

Today, 45 state attorneys general called upon telecom providers to offer customers call-blocking services upon request, following a decision by the Federal Communications Commission reaffirming it isn’t illegal for consumers to block calls.

Background: Today, 45 state attorneys general called upon telecom providers to offer customers call-blocking services upon request, following a decision by the Federal Communications Commission reaffirming it isn’t illegal for consumers to block calls.

The following statement is from USTelecom Senior Vice President Jon Banks:

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NTIA’s BroadbandUSA Work Complementing ConnectHome Initiative
July 21, 2015

On Wednesday, President Obama travelled to Durant, Oklahoma, where he announced ConnectHome — a plan to bring high-speed broadband Internet to low-income housing in 27 cities and one Native American tribal community. ConnectHome is just one component of a broader Administration initiative to expand broadband and close the digital divide, and NTIA is playing a critical role in that effort.

Working to expand broadband access and adoption is a core mission of NTIA.  And for the past six years through our broadband grant program, we’ve been working with communities across the country to build high-speed networks in our most rural villages, set up computer labs in inner-city housing projects, teach critical digital literacy skills to people who may never have turned on a computer before, and so much more. 

In Oklahoma where President Obama made his announcement, NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) funded two infrastructure projects, built by Pine Telephone and the State of Oklahoma, which are playing an integral role in providing broadband to the Choctaw Nation. The projects are partners in the ConnectHome initiative to serve Choctaw public housing residences.

Pine Telephone used its $9.5 million dollar grant to deliver affordable wireless broadband service to the predominantly unserved tribal lands of the Choctaw Nation located in rural, southeastern Oklahoma.   In addition to serving residents, the project serves 22 community anchor institutions, including six K-12 schools and 16 public safety sites.  For the ConnectHome initiative, Pine Telephone was selected by the Choctaw Nation as one of four broadband providers that will work together to serve the public housing residences.

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