Last week, NTCA staff participated in meetings at the FCC with our colleagues from Kansas. It’s clear from those conversations with key FCC staff that they want concrete solutions to the proposals in the National Broadband Plan that we find objectionable. It’s rubber hits the road time. While all of you should continue to tell your story at the FCC and on the Hill, our work with OPASTCO, WTA and NECA will be focused on giving the FCC the specific recommendations that will enable us to ensure the NBP recognizes the needs of rural America. Our unified efforts will create the right, workable solutions.
Today, Mike Romano, our Sr VP for Policy here at NTCA, and I met with FCC Commissioner Baker. We had a terrific discussion with her about providing broadband in rural America. She also expressed the need to move “beyond talking points” and to finding real solutions moving forward. Our Industry and Government Affairs committees and our united industry efforts are all making progress and we need to continue to work together to put forth an agenda and a plan for the future.