WTA Board Member Dave Osborn Testifies at House Subcommittee Hearing
Yesterday, WTA Board Member Dave Osborn from VTX1 in Raymondville, TX testified at the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade on the importance of improving broadband solutions for rural America. A copy of this written testimony more information about the hearing can be found on the Committee’s website.
WTA Meets With FCC to Discuss Competitive Overlap Proceeding
On June 19, representatives from WTA and Monte R. Lee and Company met with staff from the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss the competitive overlap challenge process that will determine whether or not possible “unsubsidized competitors” will be treated as being present in certain census blocks. They also discussed the competitor form that WTA […]
WTA Files Comments With FCC Regarding Barriers to Wireline Infrastructure Deployment
Today, WTA filed comments with the FCC in response to the NPRM requesting comment on how to streamline wireline broadband build-out. WTA’s comments focused on Section 214(a) discontinuation process and pole attachments. WTA recommends the FCC declare “that deployment of fiber-based broadband IP voice and data services constitute an upgrade rather than a termination or […]
WTA Files Comments on Review and Possible Revision of Separations Rules
Yesterday, WTA filed comments regarding the review and possible overhaul of the separations rules.  WTA’s comments urge that a significant overhaul of the separations rules is neither necessary nor cost-justified given the limited application of the separations rules in today’s marketplace due to changes in services and regulatory structures.  WTA also cautions the Commission that separations changes can […]

USTelecom Welcomes Proposed Elimination of Payphone Rules

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order aimed at eliminating outdated requirements that carriers complete an annual audit of their payphone tracking systems.

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Multiple Tenant Environments Inquiry Raises Important Questions



Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open a Notice of Inquiry into how to promote greater consumer choice and more broadband options in multiple tenant environments such as apartment complexes or shopping malls.

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

USTelecom Welcomes Jessica Rosenworcel’s Renomination to the FCC

Jessica Rosenworcel is a committed public servant and USTelecom is grateful that her work on behalf of consumers and innovators alike will continue.

Background: Last night the White House announced its intention to nominate former Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for another term at the agency.  

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

USTelecom, NTCA File Petition for USF Relief for Small, Rural Providers

Citing the discriminatory nature of current Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution requirements, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom today 

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Statement of John Morris, Associate Administrator of NTIA's Office of Policy Analysis and Development, on the U.S. Copyright Office study of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
June 22, 2017
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Statement of John Morris, Associate Administrator for NTIA's Office of Policy Analysis and Development, on the U.S. Copyright Office study of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:

SAPP Opt-Out Process Presentation
June 20, 2017

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 directed NTIA to establish a program to review applications for spectrum leasing rights and Radio Access Network construction funds for any state seeking to opt-out of FirstNet's plan for deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network within its boundaries. NTIA's grant program is called the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP). By opting-out, a state is seeking permission to deploy its own RAN, which must connect to and interoperate with the nationwide network.

Notice of Extension of Comment Period on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats
June 20, 2017
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In response to requests for additional time, the Department of Commerce is extending the closing deadline for submitting comments to a request for public comments entitled ''Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats.''  In the request for comment, the NTIA seeks broad input from all interested stakeholders -- including private industry, academia, civil society, and other security experts -- on ways to improve industry's ability to reduce thr

State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) Discussion of Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Issues
June 19, 2017



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