Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Encourages FCC to Extend Truth in Billing Requirements to Interconnected VoIP Providers

On February 12, 2020, NTCA filed comments recommending the FCC apply the current truth-in-billing rules applicable to fixed voice providers to interconnected VoIP providers, stating that consumers need to be able to compare equally all options for voice telephone service. NTCA further noted that while consumers may subscribe to both

NTCA Responds to USTelecom, NCTA, and CTIA Presentation on Combating Abusive Robocalls

On February 12, 2020, NTCA filed an Ex Parte letter responding to a recent USTelecom, NCTA, and CTIA presentation in which the parties discussed the need for a broad safe harbor that protects voice service providers from undue liability for good-faith efforts to combat abusive robocalls. NTCA emphasized that while

NTCA Recommends FCC Adopt Rules Requiring Carriers to Replace Equipment and Services Deemed a Cybersecurity Threat Only When Federal Funding is Available to Reimburse Carriers for the Cost

On February 3, 2020, NTCA filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission encouraging the commission to adopt rules that would require eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to remove and replace equipment and services the commission has deemed a cybersecurity threat only when federal funding is available to reimburse ETCs for the

NTCA Files Comments on the Effectiveness of Call Blocking Tools

On January 29, 2020, NTCA filed comments on the availability and effectiveness of call blocking tools used to stop Unlawful Robocals and noted the FCC must account for the potential unintended negative implications of these tools on consumers if not calibrated carefully. NTCA noted there is a serious risk of a "reverse call completion" problem emerging in rural America if steps are not taken to enable rural provider participation in the Shaken/Stir ecosystem.

NTCA Comments on Lifeline Broadband Adoption Goals

On January 27, 2020, NTCA filed comments with the FCC on in response to the Further Notice on updating the performance metrics and goals of the Universal Service Fund ("USF") Lifeline Program. NTCA urged the Commission to recognize the key differences between categories of service and set a goal for the Lifeline program adoption of a broadband connection that meets every low-income consumers' individual needs. NTCA noted that each Universal Service Fund program should not be considered a success until every American, rural or urban, low-income or otherwise, has access to a robust connection that does everything they need to it to do.

NTCA Discusses Lifeline Reporting Concerns with WCB

On January 27, 2020 NTCA and USTelecom met with staff from the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss concerns how the Lifeline Representative Accountability Database is asking for employee's personally identifiable information ("PII") The parties asked whether there were alternatives that could balance the interest in being able to identify people interacting with the database with the concerns associated with employees submission of PII.

NTCA Discusses RDOF Concerns with Chairman Pai's Office

On January 22, 2020, Mike Romano of NTCA spoke with Preston Wise, rural broadband advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai about the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. NTCA noted the importance of the FCC seeking comment on how to identity and address the need for potential ongoing universal service support in rural areas that have access to speeds in excess of 25/3 Mbps broadband. NTCA mentioned "market-failure areas", which are those areas where networks exist only by the grace of universal service support and where services will not remain reasonably comparable in price and/or quality without ongoing support.

NTCA Addresses RDOF Performance Tiers with Commissioner Starks Office

On January 22, 2020, Mike Romano, of NTCA spoke with Austin Bonner, legal advisor to Commissioner Geoffrey Starts regarding RDOF performance tiers. NTCA mentioned we support the draft order released by the FCC but expressed concern regarding the inclusion of a new 50/5 Mbps speed tier that would result in two separate levels of performance below that experienced by the average urban consumer.

NTCA's Shirley Bloomfield talks with FCC Commissioners on RDOF

On January 22, 2020, Shirley Bloomfield talked with Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner Brendan Carr and Matthew Berry, Chief of Staff to Chairman Ajit Pai regarding the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. NTCA expressed strong support for the draft RDOF order but mentioned our concerns regarding the inclusion of a new 50/5 Mbps speed tier that would result in two separate levels of performance below that experience by the average urban consumer.