Advocacy Issue

Broadband & Technology

As consumer preferences have evolved from basic telephony to cutting-edge data services, NTCA members have led the charge in the communications industry to get ahead of these changes despite operating in some of the most difficult-to-serve terrain in the United States. 

Why It Matters

Technological changes present challenges for policymakers, regulators and providers alike. Statutes and rules written in different eras can contain timeless principles such as universal service and consumer protection that apply with equal, if not greater, force in today’s and tomorrow’s communications marketplace. But some of these laws and regulations may also reflect time-locked concepts that call into question their applicability to today’s services and networks. 

NTCA has long been an advocate for taking a fresh, critical look at the prospect of updating legal frameworks while also ensuring a sensible, thoughtful, and carefully managed transition from one regulatory framework to another.   

Featured Story

Taking Care of Business: NTCA's 2016 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report

Aug. 24, 2017 – It’s not easy bringing broadband service to the most rural parts of this country: among the inherent challenges are low population densities, rugged terrain, and a smaller customer base over which to spread deployment costs.  Yet despite these impediments, NTCA member companies continue to not only bring service to these remote areas, but to bring faster speeds to more and more of their customers.