Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter

USTelecom: Who should pay for universal broadband connectivity?

US Telecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter recently penned an oped detailing why the Universal Service Fund (USF) — created by Congress in 1996 as a dedicated revenue source to connect hard to reach areas to reliable telephone service — on an unsustainable financial path, “if we are to build back better, universal broadband access and affordability are nothing short of foundational. Congress and the FCC should meet this connectivity moment and set the country (and USF) on a better path.”

Brought to you by Broadband: Pandemic sparks lifestyle changesBroadband users drove 2020 upstream traffic boom
The Verizon Look Forward report found Americans expect work and school flexibility, streaming and gaming growth, and more convenient shopping in 2022. Check out highlights in the areas of work, education, streaming and gaming. Broadband: Fueling the Future of Connectivity.
Users increased their upstream broadband usage by 63% in December 2020 compared with a year earlier from 19 gigabytes per month to 31 GB, OpenVault reports, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the main driver. The 24% rise in upstream traffic in the fourth quarter of 2020 outpaced increases in both 2018 and 2019, per the broadband tech firm’s data.
Full Story: FierceTelecom (4/1) 
AT&T details $2B investment in broadband acces
AT&T’s three-year broadband access investment, which the carrier notes is worth $2 billion, includes 20 centers for connected learning in neighborhoods where residents often lack broadband. The locations will feature high-speed AT&T Fiber internet and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as access to tablets and laptops.
Full Story: FierceTelecom (4/14) 
10 tips to protect your small business from cyber breaches
Check out USTelecom’s 2021 Cybersecurity Survey of Critical Infrastructure Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and these 10 important ways for small businesses to guard against cyber breaches and other threats. Read USTelecom’s cyber tips HERE.
Broadband bills tie funding to speed, data collectionAT&T among ISPs FCC accepts into EBB program
Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., has introduced two bills — the Broadband Speed Act and the Community Broadband Mapping Act — concerning broadband measurement, funding and data. Under the first, internet service providers would report speed data to the Federal Communications Commission, while the second lets small ISPs and others use USDA Rural Utility Service funding for broadband data collection.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (4/12) 
The Federal Communications Commission included AT&T and its BellSouth Telecommunications subsidiary in the list of more than 300 internet service providers the agency has accepted into the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program. EBB provides eligible users with subsidies of up to $50 a month toward broadband service.
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