WTA Files Comments in Support of ATA’s Lifeline Petition
On December 12th, WTA filed comments in support of the Alaska Telephone Association’s Petition requesting waivers of the Lifeline program’s minimum service standard rules. In its filing, WTA noted the unique issues that Alaskan carriers face, which the Commission considered when creating the Alaska Plan. Specifically, WTA supports ATA’s request for a waiver of the 4/1 mbps fallback […]
WTA Applauds House Passage of S. 96, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 9, 2018) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds the passage of S. 96, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD) and John Tester (D- MT). “We’re grateful for the work that Senators Klobuchar, Thune and Tester and Congressmen David Young […]
WTA Meets with FCC Commissioner Offices to Discuss USF
This week, representatives from WTA met with staff from the offices of FCC Commissioners O’Reilly, Rosenworcel, Clyburn, and Carr. In all four meetings, WTA expressed support for review and increase of the overall High Cost program budget, for additional USF support for rural telephone companies on both the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) path […]
Rural Associations Meet with FCC to Discuss CAF II Draft Order
On January 17, representatives from WTA, NTCA, ITTA and Vantage Point Solutions met with staff from Commissioner Clyburn’s and Rosenworcel’s offices to discuss concerns with a portion of the draft Order and Order on Reconsideration to be considered at the FCC’s January 30 Open Meeting. The Associations’ concerns revolve around Section III.D.1. of the Draft […]

House E&C Committee Moves to Reauthorize FCC

House E&C Committee Moves to Reauthorize FCC  

Background: The House E&C committee today advanced Ray Baum’s Act of 2018, legislation that reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

The following statement is attributed to USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter:

Broadband Funding in Infrastructure Plan

Background: The Trump administration today rolled out a proposal for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments — $200 billion of which would come from the federal government, offset through budget cuts. It would also carve out $50 billion for rural infrastructure projects and revamp federal permitting.

This statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

USTelecom Statement on Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017

Background: Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote S. 96, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.

The following statement is from Jonathan Spalter, president & CEO, USTelecom:

“Instances of dropped calls to rural areas have decreased over the years and this legislation is a commonsense step forward to help further ensure that rural calls are completed.”

USTelecom Statement on Ray Baum

The following statement is from Jonathan Spalter, president & CEO, USTelecom:

What's New at NTIA

Comments on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats
February 13, 2018
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Comments received in response to the Request for Comments on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats:

Statement of Assistant Secretary Redl on the Passing of Ray Baum
February 09, 2018

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Today, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator David J. Redl issued the following statement on the passing of Ray Baum, staff director for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce:

Remarks of Assistant Secretary Redl at MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Summit

Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council's Broadband & Social Justice Summit
Washington, D.C.
February 6, 2018

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Thirty-Fifth Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP


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January 30, 2018

NTIA provides quarterly statutory reports to Congress on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This report covers activities from July 1 to September 30, 2017. 


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