Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Supports Extension of Huawei/ZTE Equipment and Services Reporting Deadline

>On April 1, 2020, NTCA filed a letter supporting an extension of time of the April 22, 2020 deadline for Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETCs”) to file information with the FCC identifying the Huawei and/or ZTE equipment and services contained in their networks. Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications

NTCA Submits Comments to FCC on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Auction Procedures

On March 27, 2020, NTCA submitted comments to the FCC concerning procedures for the upcoming RDOF auction. NTCA suggested the commission use census block groups as the minimum geographic area, employ reasonable measures to establish basic qualifications of bidders and capabilities of technologies prior to bidding, and conduct more upfront

NTCA, CCA Ask Commerce Department for Flexible Licensing Policy Amid COVID-19 Crisis

On March 25, 2020, NTCA and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) filed joint comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce asking for a reasonable extension of the Temporary General License for exports, reexports and transfers (in-country) to Huawei while the industry focuses on keeping Americans connected during the COVID-19 response

NTCA Requests That the FCC Delay or Toll Upcoming Deadline for Submissions to Lifeline Representative Accountability Database

On March 13, 2020, NTCA's Mike Romano spoke with Ryan Palmer and Jodie Griffin of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and asked that the deadline for submission of personally identifiable information into the Lifeline Representative Accountability Database be delayed to allow companies to focus on other mission-critical functions and pending further

NTCA Reinforces Recommendation that Voice Service Truth in Billing Rules Apply to VoIP

On March 13, 2020, NTCA filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission recommending that if the FCC believes consumers need charges for voice services to be more transparent, it should extend existing truth-in-billing rules applicable to fixed telephone service to interconnected VoIP service. NTCA noted that this extending voice

NTCA Supports Revisions to FCC Policies on Personally Identifiable Information Required for Lifeline Matters

On March 12, 2020, NTCA submitted comments asking the FCC to revise its policy requiring multiple pieces of personally identifiable information be submitted before telecommunications employees can use systems necessary to administer Lifeline-related matters. Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers, WC Docket No. 17- 287, Federal-State Joint Board on