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It’s another five years for PA PUC Chairman Gladys Brown, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, and sworn in during the Commission’s public meeting yesterday. Brown offered that “the Commission has many very important issues ahead”; specifically highlighting implementation of the new One Call program, increasing broadband access in unserved/underserved areas and […]

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Industry News – 4-13-18

The federal government’s star witness in the AT&T-Time Warner merger case took the stand this week and threw a sizeable number before the court as to the consumer cost of the union. UC Berkeley professor and economist Carl Shapiro testified that consumers would pay $571 million more in year 2021 if the merger were allowed […]

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Industry News – 3-23-18

Governor Tom Wolf led off the week with a major announcement regarding broadband deployment in rural Pennsylvania. The press event announced the formulation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, the Broadband Investment Incentive Program, and a longer-term effort to reach rural PA with broadband which will require assistance from the private sector, the FCC […]

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Industry News – 3-16-18

Earlier this week, President Trump put the kibosh to the pending Broadcom-Qualcomm transaction, noting that there was “credible evidence” that the union may provide an environment that would “impair the national security of the United States.” On Wednesday, Broadcom complied with the Presidential directive, and said that it had withdrawn its $117 billion offer to […]

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Industry News 3-9-18

A Monday news release from Laurel Highland Total Communications (LHTC) officially announced the company’s acquisition of LTC Communications. LHTC President and CEO Jim Kail offered that “With the completion of our acquisition of LTC, we are excited to continue to provide the superior customer experiences that were established by the LTC team. We have the […]

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Legislature – 3-2-18

On Monday Representatives Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), and 40 of their House colleagues penned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and asked that the Commission finalize rules allowing three white space channels be made available for broadband service.  

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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 […]

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“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.

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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.  

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