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

Rural Broadband Powers Thousands of Jobs and Billions in Economic Output, New Study Finds

September 6, 2019 – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in partnership with Purdue University and the Center for Regional Development, released a research report finding that small, rural communications providers contributed more than 77,000 jobs and supported more than $10 billion in economic activities in 2017. The report, “Job Creation from Rural Broadband Companies,” uses data culled from members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association to conclude that rural broadband companies are significant economic drivers in their communities.