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WTA Praises Local Voice Rate Floor Freeze by FCC and Supports Elimination of Rate Floor Requirement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2017) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband supports the Order approved today by the Federal Communications Commission that freezes the local voice rate floor that rural telecommunications providers must charge their customers in order to receive support from the Universal Service Fund. This mandatory minimum often resulted in rural residents […]
WTA Applauds Nomination of David Redl to Lead National Telecommunications and Information Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 17, 2017) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds the nomination of David Redl to serve as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). “WTA has worked with David over the years in his position at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, […]
WTA Welcomes Legislation Introduced by Representative Huffman to Incentivize Communications Permitting on Federal Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2017) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband welcomes Representative Jared Huffman’s (D-CA) Public Lands Telecommunications Act, which was introduced today. The bill would allow federal agencies that manage federal lands to retain rental fees associated with communications facilities on federal lands rather than have the funds go to the general […]
WTA Asks FCC To Protect Small MVPDs In Next Generation TV Transition
Today, WTA filed comments with the FCC regarding authorization for local broadcast stations to launch broadcasts in the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. As broadcast stations begin to launch Next Generation TV broadcasts, small MVPDs may be required to undertake substantial investments to continue offering local broadcast stations to their cable/IPTV customers. WTA’s comments urge the […]

FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" Proposal Welcome Return to Consumer-Focused Approach
05.18.2017

The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" plan puts pro-consumer and pro-investment policies within reach.

Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” which seeks comment on how the agency should treat broadband internet service in a dynamic, innovative online environment.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

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FCC Stops Rural Rate Hike
05.18.2017

Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on eliminating a rule requiring rural telecom providers receiving USF support to charge a higher monthly minimum rate to consumers than urban providers.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

USTelecom Statement on the Nomination of David Redl to Lead NTIA
05.17.2017

Background: The White House yesterday nominated David Redl as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

White House’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Paves the Way for More Secure Networks
05.11.2017

USTelecom welcomes the White House's step on enhancing cyber protections.

Background: Today, the White House issued an Executive Order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” which outlines steps for improving the nation’s cybersecurity.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

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What's New at NTIA

NTIA Celebrates Vital Role of Digital Inclusion Programs

This week, NTIA is joining communities, organizations and broadband advocates in recognizing Digital Inclusion Week and the important work being done by digital inclusion programs across the country.

The concept of digital inclusion goes beyond ensuring that everyone in the United States has access to the Internet -- it reflects the understanding that people require robust broadband connections, connected devices that meet their needs, and the skills to explore, create, and collaborate in the digital world.

Community leaders, universities, libraries, nonprofit groups and others are working together on digital inclusion programs that connect citizens and inform them about the tremendous number of economic, educational and entertainment benefits that computer use can provide. There are endless examples of these kinds of programs, including "learn to code" classes, workforce skills programs, and training for seniors so they can seek out health information online.

NTIA's BroadbandUSA program offers guidance, assistance and resources to help build the capacity of digital inclusion programs. A few highlights:

WRC-19 Contacts and Meeting Dates
Date: 
May 08, 2017

You may address questions about WRC activities to any of the persons listed below.

Mr. Charles Glass
Chairman of the RCS
Department of Commerce, NTIA
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4090
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-1896
Fax: 202-501-8189
Email:  cglass@ntia.doc.gov

Spectrum Efficiency Subcommittee Report 05/04/2017
Date: 
May 04, 2017
Enforcement Subcommittee Report 05/04/2017
Date: 
May 01, 2017
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