CenturyLink, Windstream-Backed USTelecom Asks D.C. Court to Review FCC Internet Rules

The U.S. broadband industry this week moved to overturn Internet rules that were adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) argued that the FCC’s Open Internet Order is “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion,” violates the U.S. Constitution and Communications Act of 1934, and runs afoul of notice-and-comment rulemaking […]

SUPERCOMM Show Shelved For 2010

Bowing to economic forces and shifting winds in the telecom industry, the organizers of the SUPERCOMM conference and trade show confirmed that the 2010 version of the show, scheduled for October in Chicago, has been canceled. “Convention planner EXPOCOMM told USTelecom and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) it will not manage the SUPERCOMM trade show […]

SureWest’s Steve Oldham Named USTelecom Chair

Steve Oldham, president and CEO of SureWest Communications, has been elected to serve as chair of USTelecom’s board of directors. Representing the nation’s premier broadband providers, USTelecom’s board is comprised of top executives from the leading communications companies who help chart the direction for the industry and the association. “Today – in the face of […]

Net Neutrality Redux: Markey Approaches the Issue from a New Angle

Rep. Ed Markey has a new take on how to approach net neutrality. The Massachusetts Democrat has proposed simply this: porting nondiscrimination philosophies from Title II of the 1934 Communications Act to Title I, where they would apply to broadband. The four amendments in the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 echo the FCCs broadband […]

Markey Revives Net Neutrality Debate

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., revived the net neutrality debate on Wednesday when he introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The bill appeared the day after Comcast Corp. filed comments with the FCC defending its need to manage its network however it chooses. Comcast faces criticism for apparently slowing P2P content such as that from Vuze, […]

Round Table: Copper Loop Retirement

On the debate over copper loop retirement at the Fall 2007 COMPTEL PLUS Convention & Expo Our understanding is theres absolutely no harm [to CLECs] at this point. Robert Mayer, USTelecom, vice president of industry and state affairs Copper is a public good. Its for the public, it was paid for by the public. Susan […]

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