United States Telecom Association

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United States Telecom Association
Logo of the United States Telecom Association
The logo of the United States Telecom Association
Abbreviation USTelecom
Formation May 1, 1897; 117 years ago (1897-05-01)
Type Trade Association
Headquarters 607 14th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C., United States
Membership Communications carriers and small cooperatives
Chairman of the Board
Jeffery Gardner, CEO of Windstream Communications
Chairman of the Leadership Committee
Robert A. Hunt, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Business Operations of GVTC Communications
President and CEO
Walter McCormick
Website www.ustelecom.org
Former name
United States Telephone Association

The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) is an organization that represents telecommunications-related businesses based in the United States. As a trade association, they represent the converged interests of the country's telecommunications industry. Member companies represent a diverse set of communications-related businesses, including those that provide wireless, Internet, cable television, long distance, local exchange, and voice services. Members include large publicly traded communications carriers as well as small telephone cooperatives that serve only a few hundred customers in urban and rural areas.[1]

History[edit]

The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on May 17, 1897, when a group of Independent telephone company executives convened at the Palmer House to create an organization called the Independent Telephone Association.[2] According to some industry historians, thousands of independent telephone companies sprouted in the telephone industry at the turn of the century largely due to the expiration of the first Alexander Graham Bell telephone patents on January 30, 1894.[3] These companies banded together to promote growth of their industry and develop alliances on issues that crossed state lines. Renamed as the United States Independent Telephone Association in 1915, the organization focused on educational programs for its members, standardization efforts and representing its members on relevant policy issues addressed by the federal government.[4] For instance, as the telephone industry grew, Congress enacted new laws, including the Communications Act of 1934 that established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which among a variety of initiatives, set a universal service goal of connecting all Americans via affordable, accessible telecommunications services.[5] To meet the requirements of the new statutes, telephone companies worked through the association to educate members, develop common policy positions and interface with policymakers in Congress and at the FCC.[6][7] USTelecom also advocates on behalf of the telecommunications industry to Courts, the White House, and the media.[8]

Year Name of Association
1897 Independent Telephone Association of America (ITAA)[9]
1903 Independent Telephone Association of the United States of America (ITAUSA)[10]
1904 National Independent Telephone Association of the United States (NITAUS)[11]
1909 National Independent Telephone Association (NITA)[12]
1915 United States Independent Telephone Association (USITA)[13]
1983 United States Telephone Association (USTA)[14]
1999 United States Telecom Association (USTelecom)[15]

Mission[edit]

USTelecom's mission:

"To unite the US broadband industry across our membership spectrum through collaborative advocacy and provide a forum for pro-investment policies which will enhance our economy and quality of life."[16]

Organization and Leadership[edit]

As an American not-for-profit corporation, USTelecom is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors and an 18-member Leadership Committee. The Board of Directors is composed of member company executives that have been nominated by members of the Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee comprises executives from small-to-mid-sized telecom companies that are members of the association.[17] As of April 2012, the Chairman of the Board is Jeffery Gardner, CEO of Windstream Communications[18] and the Chairman of the Leadership Committee is Robert A. Hunt, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Business Operations of GVTC Communications. Since 2001, Walter B. McCormick, Jr. has served as President & CEO of USTelecom.[19]

The association offers three different categories of paid membership:[20]

  • Carrier Members - Companies that provide local telecommunications exchange and access services to residential, business and other customers in the United States.
  • Supplier Members - Companies that sell goods and services to the telecommunications industry.
  • International Members - Companies providing telecommunications services outside the United States and U.S. territories.

USTelecom serves as a forum in which member companies can coordinate advocacy of particular policy issues important to their companies and the telecommunications industry via the association's seven standing Committees and other ad hoc Committees.

Standing Committees:

  • Regulatory Affairs – Member companies develop policy and engage in advocacy before the FCC and other relevant American federal agencies.
  • Governmental Affairs – Member companies collaborate in their advocacy to lawmakers on mutually-beneficial policy issues.
  • External Affairs – These committee members develop and execute media and public relations strategies.
  • Tax Policy – Members develop the association's positions on tax and financial policy relevant to the telecommunications industry.
  • Engineering & Technology Policy – Members develop the association's position on a variety of technology issues and standards including numbering, IP services, open source software, network neutrality, DPI, and emerging technologies.
  • Intellectual Property and Privacy – Members develop the association's position on issues surrounding the ownership and distribution of content and protection of consumer information.
  • National Security and Public Safety – These committee members gather to inform and shape policies addressing cybersecurity, national security, emergency preparedness, and pandemic planning.

Notable Ad Hoc Committees:

  • Universal Service
  • Intercarrier compensation
  • Consumer protection
  • Video competition

Non-Advocacy Programs[edit]

Beyond representing member companies' interests to legislators, the administration, the FCC, and in courts, USTelecom conducts member education programs through webinars, conferences and leadership development programs. Other departments in the association dually support these educational and advocacy programs through the distribution of research briefs[21] and industry-relevant newsletters.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Systems Technology, Omnitron. "Association Memberships". Omnitron Systems Technology. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Pleasance, Charles A. (1989). The Spirit of Independent Telephony. Independent Telephone Books. p. 57. ISBN 0-9622205-0-7. 
  3. ^ Therier, Adam D. (Fall 1994). "Unnatural Monopoly: Critical Moments in the Development of the Bell System Monopoly". The Cato Journal 14 (2). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Pleasance, Charles A. (1989). The Spirit of Independent Telephony. Independent Telephone Books. p. 57. ISBN 0-9622205-0-7. 
  5. ^ Federal Communications Commission. "SEC. 254. Universal Service". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Rockefeller, Senator Jay. "Speech to the United States Telephone Association "Rural Telecommunications Modernization Act"". Senator Jay Rockefeller. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Comments of the United States Telephone Association In the Matter of Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; CC Docket No. 96-45". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Systems Technology, Omnitron. "Association Memberships". Omnitron Systems Technology. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "United States Telephone Association Announces Name Change - Becomes United States Telecom Association". PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  10. ^ De Land, Fred; John C. McMynn, Frederic Auten Combs Perrine, Carl E. Kammeyer (October 1904). "The National Convention". In Gould, Geo H. TELEPHONE MAGAZINE. Google eBook (Chicago: The Telephone Magazine Publishing Co.) 24 (157): 137. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  11. ^ De Land, Fred; John C. McMynn, Frederic Auten Combs Perrine, Carl E. Kammeyer (October 1904). "The National Convention". In Gould, Geo H. TELEPHONE MAGAZINE. Google eBook (Chicago: The Telephone Magazine Publishing Co.) 24 (157): 137. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  12. ^ McMeal, Harry B. (July 1 to December 30, 1922). "Personal and Biographical Notes". Telephony The American Telephone Journal (Chicago: Telephone Publishing Corporation) 83: 32. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  13. ^ McMeal, Harry B. (July 1 to December 30, 1922). "Personal and Biographical Notes". Telephony The American Telephone Journal (Chicago: Telephone Publishing Corporation) 83: 32. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Frank DeWitt Reese (1997). "Volume 14". In Froehlich, Fritz E. The Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications. New York, New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. p. 111. ISBN 0-8247-2912-9. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "United States Telephone Association Announces Name Change - Becomes United States Telecom Association". PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Who We Are". United States Telecom Association. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Leadership". United States Telecom Association. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Board of Directors". United States Telecom Association. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Cumming, Ann Marie. "USTelecom CEO Walter McCormick Jr. to Keynote Telecom2008 at NAB Show". National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Membership". USTelecom. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "USTelecom Research Briefs". USTelecom. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Brief, Smart. "USTelecom Association News". SmartBrief, Inc. Retrieved 5 April 2012.