Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA's Shirley Bloomfield Meets with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to Discuss Rural Telecom Issues

On April 1, 2019, NTCA CEO, Shirley Bloomfield and Vice President of Industry, Mike Romano, met with new FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and his legal advisor, Randy Clarke to discuss rural telecom issues. NTCA highlighted the association's members long-running efforts to deploy networks and provide robust and reliable communication services to rural America.

NTCA Discusses the Elimination of the Rate Floor Policy with FCC Staffers

On April 1 and 2, 2019 Mike Romano met with staff from the Offices of Commissioner O'Rielly and Commissioner Carr to discuss the draft report and order released by the FCC regarding the rate floor policy. NTCA expressed its support for the elimination of the rate floor policy and mentioned any delay of action by the FCC in regards to the rate floor policy would cause significant harm to rural consumers.

NTCA Documents Role of Broadband in Ag, Rural Manufacturing in Comments to Farm Service Agency

On April 1, 2019, NTCA filed comments to the Farm Service Agency on Spectrum Requirements for Commercial Agriculture, Forestry, Mining and Rural Manufacturing. NTCA submits that access to spectrum is critical to support industrial and agricultural undertakings and contends that broadband supports the economic viability of rural America.

NTCA Expresses Support for the Elimination of the Rate Floor Policy

On March 26 and 27, 2019, Mike Romano met with staff from the Offices of Chairman Pai, Commissioner Rosenworcel and Commissioner Starks to discuss the draft report and order released by the FCC regarding the rate floor policy. NTCA expressed its support for the elimination of the rate floor policy and mentioned any delay of action by the FCC regarding the rate floor policy would cause significant harm to rural consumers.

NTCA Discusses Performance Measurement Testing with Wireline Competition Bureau

On March 19, 2019, NTCA members and staff met with staff from the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss Performance Measurement Testing. Although, NTCA reiterated its support for rigorous testing standards that confirm the deployment of broadband networks, NTCA noted that providers have identified numerous issues relating to their ability to implement testing within the parameters and timeframe proposed by the Commission.

NTCA Files Comments on E-Rate Program

On March 18, 2019, NTCA filed comments regarding the E-Rate Program Amortization Requirement and Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries. NTCA stated that any elimination of the amortization requirement should be accompanied by "guardrails" to ensure that the E-Rate and High-Cost Programs work hand-in-hand to address the needs of rural communities.

NTCA and Rural Industry Associations Discuss Rate Floor and Performance Testing with staff From Chairman Pai's Office

On March 15, 2019, NTCA along with staff from USTelecom, ITTA, and WTA met with Preston Wise, Special Counsel to Chairman Ajit Pai. The parties discussed the need to ensure the rate floor policy does not harm rural consumers and the need for a reasonable path for implementation of universal service performance testing requirements.