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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Industry News – 2-23-18

In an effort to bolster its argument that politics played a role in the U.S. Justice Department’s roadblock of its merger with Time Warner, AT&T had moved to obtain call logs between the Department and the White House. Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled against Ma Bell, saying that it had not established that […]


“Pennsylvania’s utilities represent tens-of-thousands of family-supporting and community-oriented jobs, with growth and training opportunities, good wages, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are serving your local communities. Additionally, these are systems and people we depend upon to keep our communities safe and healthy, and it is important that we do what we can to ensure that our utilities have the skilled personnel they need to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.”

Excerpt from a news release which accompanied the visit of PUC Chairman Gladys Brown to Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster yesterday highlighting the importance of education with regard to tomorrow’s utility workers.


Industry News – 2-9-18

PTA Associate Member Vantage Point Solutions announced this week that it has eclipsed $1.4 billion in grant and loan funding for broadband secured on behalf of its clients nationwide.  


Congress – 2-2-18

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey was among sixteen Senate Democrats who penned President Trump this week calling for him to include rural broadband funding in his $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. The letter cites the FCC’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report which concluded that 39 percent of rural Americans lack access to high-speed Broadband.


Legislative – 1-26-18

Legislation taking aim at Caller ID “spoofing” made headway this week in the House. Sponsored by Representative Karen Boback (R- Luzerne), House Bill 979 was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is set on the House calendar for consideration on February 2nd.  The legislation makes spoofing a 3rd degree misdemeanor for a first […]