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

Coalition Works to Expand E-Connectivity

Sept 10, 2018 Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, Colo.

“Through these listening sessions, we want to focus on options to address the specific challenges rural residents encounter in accessing consistent, quality broadband services,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “We will hear from regional experts, but an important element of the session will be hearing from the people who live and work with limited broadband access today.”