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Statement of Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
February 08, 2016
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NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002,

“Twenty years ago today President Clinton signed the 1996 Telecommunications Act into law, removing regulatory barriers for our nation’s communications companies and fueling investment in broadband networks.  Since this time, we have witnessed an incredible transformation of our communications landscape.  As we look forward to the future, we must continue to support innovation and economic growth by strengthening competition and the free flow of information.  In today’s fast-changing digital economy, multistakeholder processes are the most nimble and effective means for addressing our most pressing policy challenges.  At NTIA, we are working to leverage multistakeholder processes to address today’s new policy issues.”

WTA Discusses USF Reforms with FCC Staff
On Feb. 2, representatives from WTA met with staff from the offices of FCC Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners O’Rielly and Clyburn and the Wireline Competition Bureau. They also met with staff from the offices of Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai separately. In the former meeting, much of the discussion revolved around RLEC service territory areas that have […]

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The Idaho Telecom Alliance's mission is to support the advancement of its members, to collectively share ideas and to promote services to rural telecom subscribers throughout Idaho.

The Idaho Telecom Alliance (ITA), formerly the Idaho Telephone Association, was formed in 1984 as the voice of rural telephone providers throughout the state of Idaho.  In 2008, the Idaho Telephone Association changed its name to the Idaho Telecom Alliance to reflect not only the advances in the telecommunications industry but also the spirit of teamwork and collaboration that exists between the members.  The ITA is the leading advocacy group for independent telecommunications companies in Idaho.

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