WTA Files Comments on Network Performance Testing
On December 6, WTA filed comments with the FCC after reviewing a broadband performance testing template submitted by USTelecom.  WTA’s comments state that, while it “takes no position regarding the suitability of the template for price carriers, critical differences between RLECs and price cap carriers render the template inequitable and inappropriate as a vehicle for […]
WTA Files Comments in Support of NTCA’s Lifeline Petition
On November 27th, WTA filed comments in support of NTCA’s petition to temporarily waive the Commission’s new minimum service standards for the Lifeline program. WTA agreed with NTCA’s assessment that the newly increased 15/2 mbps standard will result in increased costs for Lifeline customers, reversing previous broadband adoptions gains and running counter to the goals of the Lifeline […]
WTA and NTCA File Reply Comments on ICC Reform
On November 20, NTCA and WTA filed joint reply comments in response to the FCC’s proceeding refreshing the record on intercarrier compensation (ICC) reform. The two associations filed original comments on October 27. In their comments, the associations “demonstrate why ICC reform cannot be effectuated while high-cost support mechanisms remain insufficient to enable fulfillment of […]
WTA Joins Industry in Proposing Solution to AT&T Access Stimulation Petition
On November 17, WTA joined other telecom industry associations and companies in sending a letter to the FCC recommending the FCC adopt rules to “require carriers that are engaged in access stimulation to bear financial responsibility for all terminating switched transport costs…and the tandem switch to which the terminating carrier requires inbound calls to be routed.” The […]

Statement on Harassment of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: 

“Efforts to intimidate Chairman Pai and his young family through racist language and other acts are reprehensible and have no place in our civil society. We join others in condemning these actions.”  




FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Plan Will Ensure Continued Protections for All



Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced he has circulated a Report and Order on Restoring Internet Freedom which would reverse the agency’s 2015 decision to regulate broadband internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Rural Telecom Companies Ask FCC to Help Close the Digital Divide

A group of 21 rural telecom providers today urged the Federal Communications Commission to help close the digital divide by adopting light-touch regulations that provide companies confidence to invest in network upgrades and expansions that can help close the digital divide between urban and rural households.  

FCC’s Action Paves the Way for Better Robocall Blocking

Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order on Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls which would give voice providers express authorization to block robocalls from spoofed numbers, including unassigned phone numbers and invalid numbers.

This statement is attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

What's New at NTIA

SAPP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Overview
December 05, 2017
Remarks of Assistant Secretary Redl at the Phoenix Center 2017 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium

Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Phoenix Center Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium
Washington, D.C.
December 5, 2017

--As Prepared for Delivery--

Thank you. I am grateful and honored to accept the Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award.

SAPP Notice of Funding Opportunity Information
November 28, 2017

The State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides states with guidance on the FirstNet opt-out application process.  The SAPP NOFO can be accessed at using the Funding Opportunity Number 2018-NTIA-SAPP-01, and is also available below.

Spectrum Efficiency Subcommittee Report November 2017
November 16, 2017

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