WTA Supports Continued Freeze of Part 36
Today, WTA submitted reply comments in support of the FCC’s proposal to continue to extend the existing freeze of the Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors applicable to ILECs.
WTA Supports Cordova Wireless’ Petition for Waiver
Today, WTA filed comments in support of Cordova Wireless’ petition for temporary waiver of the indoor location accuracy and related Phase II E-911 service and reporting requirements of Section 20.18(i) of the Commission’s Rules.
WTA Meets With Offices of Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly
On March 29, representatives from WTA and one of its member companies met with staff from the offices of Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly. In both meetings, WTA discussed: its desire to work with the FCC, considering the status of the Congressional CRA repealing the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order,  to restore aspects of that Order that […]
WTA Meets with Chairman Pai’s Staff to Discuss Privacy Order, the Local Voice Rate Floor, and Disincentives to Invest in Rural Areas
On March 23, representatives from WTA met with Jay Schwarz, Wireline Advisor to Chairman Pai. They discussed working with the Commission to ensure that certain CPNI rules eliminated in the 2016 Privacy Order are not resurrected should Congress succeed in eliminating the Order using the Congressional Review Act. In addition, WTA: recommended eliminating or deferring […]

Rural Areas to Benefit From Rate-of-Return Flexibility Changes

The FCC's change will give rate-of-return carriers more flexilbity while building in rural areas.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved an order that will give more flexibility to Rate-of-Return carriers and allow them to receive funding for high-cost projects that might exceed their cap. The change will allow carriers to extend broadband service to hard-to-reach homes with the help of universal service funds.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

FCC Takes a Step Toward Speeding Broadband Deployment

FCC takes steps to make it faster for broadband providers to speed deployment of new infrastructure.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry into steps it can take to speed deployment of next-generation networks by removing barriers to investment, accelerating the transition from old copper networks to IP networks and reducing unnecessary FCC regulations.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

FCC Modernizes Business Broadband Rules to Eliminate Outdated Regulations

The FCC adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive.

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an order that recognizes the Business Data Services market for high-speed broadband has become increasingly competitive and eliminates tariffing and other legacy pricing regulations in areas deemed to have sufficient competition.

This statement is attributable to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

FCC’s Focus on Economic Analysis a Win for Consumers and Good Policymaking

USTelecom applauds Chairman Pai's focus on making economic analysis a priority. 

Background: Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to form an Office of Economics and Data and to ensure economic analysis is provided for rulemakings, transactions and auctions. 

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

“Good policymaking rests on a foundation of sound economic analysis and it will help consumers by encouraging competition and market-driven results. We commend Chairman Pai for making economic analysis a priority again at the agency.”


What's New at NTIA

04/21/2017 Notice of Recruitment of Firstnet Board Members
April 21, 2017
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NTIA issues this Notice on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to initiate the annual process to seek expressions of interest from individuals who would like to serve on the FirstNet Board. NTIA issues this Notice to obtain expressions of interest in being selected by the Secretary to the FirstNet Board. Expressions of interest must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before May 22, 2017.

Thirty-First Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP
GrantsBroadband Technology Opportunities Program
GrantsState Broadband Initiative
March 17, 2017

Pursuant to Section 6001(d)(4) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law No. 111-5), NTIA provides this Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This Report focuses on the Program's activities from July 1 to September 30, 2016.

Notice of 04/26/2017 Meeting of the Multistakeholder Process on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching
April 11, 2017

NTIA will convene a meeting of a multistakeholder process on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching on April 26, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.  The meeting will be held at the American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006. For further information contact Allan Friedman, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S.

Notice of 05/04/2017 CSMAC Meeting
April 05, 2017
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The Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee will meet at the National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW., Washington, DC 20036. The meeting will be held on May 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Public comments may be mailed to the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230 or emailed to


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