USTelecom Says Telecom Unbundling Regulations are Outmoded; Competitors Say They Need Those UNEs

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USTelecom has filed a forbearance petition with the FCC, asking the commission to eliminate a requirement for larger ILECs to offer unbundled network elements at regulated prices. According to a blog post from USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter, telecom unbundling regulations currently enable competitive...Learn More

WBA Introduces Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines, Compliance Checklist

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance yesterday released the WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines and Compliance Checklist. The parallel offerings provide deployment best practices for wireless network operators and infrastructure vendors. WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines “The WBA has launched the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines vision as part of our...Learn More

ACA Survey: Retransmission Fees May Reach $19 Per Subscriber, Per Month by 2020

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Retransmission fees are continuing to escalate and will go much higher in the next few years, according to smaller cable companies that are members of the American Cable Association (ACA). ACA members reported that they will be forced to pay corporate broadcasters an average of...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Aim to Debunk “Overexaggerated” Net Neutrality Fears

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Representatives of three broadband provider associations held a press conference today to attempt to debunk what one representative called “overexaggerated” and “catastrophic” Net Neutrality fears on the part of the American public. The action came just one day before the FCC is expected to vote...Learn More

ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

TIA, QuEST Forum to Merge

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In a consolidation of two associations dedicated to the interests of the telecommunications industry, QuEST Forum will become part of The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). When the definitive TIA, QuEST Forum agreement is finalized, the QuEST Forum “community will become an active part of TIA,”...Learn More

USTelecom’s Deep Dive on FCC Broadband Data: 90% Can Get 25 Mbps, 10% Can Get a Gigabit

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Ninety percent of U.S. housing units had fixed wireless or landline broadband service at speeds of 25 Mbps downstream/ 3 Mbps upstream available to them as of mid-2016, according to an analysis of FCC broadband data conducted by USTelecom and CensusNBM. Ten percent of housing...Learn More

CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool Targets Installers

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Newly released from the Consumer Technology Association, the CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool aims to help smart home technology installers ensure the smart home tech they install for customers complies with industry best practices. The tool includes details regarding security protocols and other best...Learn More

FTTH Council Rebrands as the Fiber Broadband Association

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Recognizing the broader application of fiber broadband, the FTTH Council has changed their name to the Fiber Broadband Association. It’s a smart move, given the relative limited focus of the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) descriptor. Indeed fiber broadband powers so much more than just home connections, including...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

Verizon, Incompas Business Data Services Filing Reveals Wide Rift with AT&T, Other ILECs

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Updated later on June 28 with new information from USTelecom Some stakeholders may have been surprised several weeks ago when Verizon acted independently of AT&T and other major telecom providers with regard to business data services, instead making a joint filing with competitive carrier association...Learn More

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