Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Supports Limited Changes in FCC Rules to Eliminate Access Arbitrage

On May 16, 2019, NTCA filed an Ex Parte letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) encouraging the Commission to adopt rules that would eliminate clearly identified arbitrage resulting from transport charges as they apply specifically to stimulation. NTCA pointed out that these proposed rules must focus only on alleged "access arbitrage" and must not be included as part of any larger changes to interconnection rules applicable to all providers.

NTCA Highlights Potential Customer Relations and Other Issues in Performance Measurements Letter

On May 7, 2019, NTCA filed an Ex Parte presentation maintaining support for performance measurement protocols to confirm deployment of broadband networks that meet robust capability targets associated with high-cost support. However, NTCA and its members have identified various issues that must be resolved before successful implementation of the rules can be achieved.

NTCA Supports Petitions Seeking Additional Resources for Broadband Network Investment

On May 6, 2019, NTCA filed a Reply to Opposition and Comments in regards to two Petitions for Reconsideration filed by Silver Star Telephone Company and Pineland Telephone Cooperative. NTCA mentioned that a grant of the petitions would enable these rural providers, as well as similarly situated operators, to invest more resources in network deployment.

NTCA Files Ex Parte Letter urging FCC to deny Viasat Inc's Petition for Reconsideration

On May 2, 2019, NTCA filed a letter urging the FCC to deny Viasat, Inc's Petition for Reconsideration of the rules that require satellite providers to measure latency using a mean opinion score of 4 (MOS4). NTCA's letter stated that to lessen or otherwise modify the MOS4 requirements for one provider after the CAF Phase II auction has concluded would undermine the auction process and would be prejudicial to other providers.

NTCA's Shirley Bloomfield Discusses the Importance of Sufficient and Predictable USF Support with Commissioner Michael O'Rielly

On May 2, 2019, NTCA CEO, Shirley Bloomfield and NTCA Senior Vice President of Industry, Michael Romano, met with Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and his legal advisor, Arielle Roth to discuss Universal Service Fund support and the importance of more granular mapping and challenge procedures in ensuring funds can be accurately targeted. NTCA reiterated the need that funds continue to be directed to where they are needed most for sound business investment throughout rural America.

NTCA Files Comments on Improving the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework

On April 29, 2019, NTCA and the Rural Wireless Association filed joint comments on Improving the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework. The filing noted that bilateral roaming agreements that protect consumers in emergencies are often lacking and mutual coordination and cooperation between small and large providers is necessary to effectuate the purpose of the framework.

NTCA Joins Industry Partners in Letter to Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission Opposing Sprint T-Mobile Merger

On April 18, 2019, NTCA, along with a group of various companies, trade associations, labor organizations and public interest groups, submitted an Open Letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, uniting in opposing to the Sprint-T-Mobile Merger. The letter expressed concern the merger would not benefit telecommunication services to rural Americans but instead undermine the services that already exist.