Jonathan Spalter

USTelecom: Reinventing broadband mapping is needed to close the digital divide

USTelecom is leading the charge on a new, more precise, approach to broadband reporting and mapping.

Modern Regulations for 21st Century Communications Networks

In 1996, Congress required incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to unbundle and resell portions of their networks to upstart companies at discounted and government-set rates.

DC Must Help Close Rural Digital Divide

In a recent spending bill, Congress made $600 million available for additional broadband deployment to America’s rural areas.

On Pitchforks and Policy

[Commentary] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has a lot on his plate.

Put broadband first for rural Americans

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission estimated in 2017 that to deploy high-speed broadband to 98 percent of American homes, it would cost $40 billion. For 100 percent, the cost doubles.

Congress, not John Oliver's 'flash mobs,' must determine FCC policy

[Commentary] The Federal communications Commission’s rulemaking process is an important step toward shaping a modern network neutrality framework that doesn’t shackle innovation to a pole erected in the era of black and white films.

Title II Can’t Deliver an Open, Modern Internet for Consumers

[Commentary] The truth is: Our internet was open, dynamic and growing before the Title II disruption, and it will remain so after.

Save the internet, skip Title II

[Commentary] Everyone in this country passionately supports an open internet.

Broadband is the infrastructure challenge of the 21st Century

[Commentary] The Trump administration has rightly recognized the importance of advanced communications networks, having included telecommunications in an initial list of critical infrastructure priorities.

A law for the next 21 years

[Commentary] Few lawmakers could have envisioned how the world has changed since Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which promoted competition and lifted some regulations, allowing phone, cable TV and media companies to transform