Advocacy

Rural Broadband’s Voice in the Nation’s Capital

A predominant focus of NTCA is conducting policy-related advocacy and outreach for the communications industry’s rural sector, engaging on its behalf with policymakers in Congress, at the FCC and the White House.

Since 1954, NTCA has served as the voice of rural telecommunications providers in Washington, D.C. In an era of rapidly progressing technology, regulatory changes and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering networks and services that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.

 

NTCA Advocates For Members in the Wake of COVID-19

During this unprecedented situation, NTCA is doing all that it can to share information and resources with its members and to act as a liaison between members and government officials who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocacy Efforts:

Keeping Critical Connections Emergency Fund Supports Sustained Connectivity in Rural America

Co-op Access to Small Business Administration Programs

Retirement Requests in Response to COVID-19

Main Street Response to COVID-19

 

 

Political Advocacy

The NTCA Rural Broadband PAC is the voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) of NTCA. Established in 1969, the PAC accepts voluntary contributions from authorized individuals within the association’s member companies, then distributes these funds to support federal congressional candidates who have an appreciation of the policy issues that are unique to the rural broadband sector.

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Committees

NTCA advocacy committees identify critical industry issues and trends,  and develop, evaluate and recommend policy proposals.  Committees include:

  • Government Affairs
  • Industry & Regulatory Policy
  • Legal
  • Tribal Affairs
  • Competitive and Advanced Services

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Featured Issue: Cybersecurity

Cyber-threats are evolving, becoming more sophisticated and proliferating throughout the online ecosystem.

In response to members’ needs, NTCA is an active participant in various public-private venues, including the FCC’s CSRIC advisory council, which develops industry best practices; the Communications ISAC, which enables network operators and government agencies to exchange cyber-threat information; and the CSCC, which coordinates with policymakers and other government agencies on planning and policy.  

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