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WTA Urges Congress to Allocate Specific Infrastructure Funding for Rural Broadband
In advance of the Senate Commerce Committee hearings on infrastructure this week, WTA released the following statement. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2018) – The following statement can be attributed to Derrick Owens, Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs for WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband: “As the Senate Commerce Committee holds hearings this […]
WTA’s Senior VP Derrick Owens Testifies at House Small Business Committee Hearing
Today, WTA’s Senior VP for Government and Industry Affairs testified in front of two Subcommittees of the House Small Business Committee on rural broadband issues.  His testimony and a webcast of the hearing can be found on the Committee’s website.
WTA Sends Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee on Rural Broadband Funding
On March 2, WTA sent letters to the leadership of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to express support for allocating federal dollars specifically for rural broadband infrastructure.  The letter notes both the President’s infrastructure proposal and the Congressional Budget Agreement, which proposes to spend $20 billion over two years on infrastructure.  WTA is concerned […]
WTA and NTCA Meet with FCC to Discuss USF Eligible Expenses
On February 22, representatives from WTA and NTCA met with staff from Chairman Pai’s and Commissioner O’Rielly’s office to urge the FCC to provide clear and tailored guidance regarding the eligibility of certain expenses for recovery via high-cost USF support and/or regulated interstate rates. While the Associations expressed such support for clearer guidance regarding the recoverability […]
WTA Announces Staff Promotions
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2018) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband is pleased to announce staff promotions in its Washington, DC office. Derrick B. Owens has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs. His responsibilities continue to be leading WTA’s Washington office, serving as the primary spokesperson for the association, […]
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