Conference Continues with Roundtables on Policy Changes and Marketing to Businesses


NTCA's 2012 Fall Conference continued on Tuesday with more education sessions and a series ofRoundtables in action roundtable discussions on topics ranging from spectrum strategies to best practices for telco boards.

The afternoon's policy roundtable provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about NTCA's ongoing advocacy efforts and changes to the Universal Service Fund, Roundtables in actionintercarrier compensation, new tribal engagement requirements and rural call completion. Participants reported that rural customers continue to encounter call completion problems and that the occurrence of incidents has risen to unprecedented levels. NTCA staff, including Senior Vice President of Policy Michael Romano and Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Wacker, responded to attendees' concerns by updating them on efforts underway to address the problem with the help of members of Congress.

Other roundtable discussions held Tuesday focused on business-to-business marketing, the new Connect America Fund and what to expect from health care reform. Attendees had opportunities to ask questions about NTCA's proposed unification with OPASTCO at two sessions featuring NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield and Vice President Terry Force. "There's a time and place for everything and I think today is the time and place for unification with OPASTCO," Force said.

Vice President Terry Force speaking about unification


Following afternoon roundtable sessions, attendees were treated to an evening of dining and country music provided by CMA award-winner Mark Chesnutt, who performed hits like "It's a Little Too Late." The conference wraps up Wednesday following the Closing General Session.


CEO Shirley Bloomfield at the event event


Mark Chesnutt performing