Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA meets with the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics on RDOF

On December 17, 2019, NTCA met with staff from the Federal Communication Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. NTCA expressed concern that the current weighting proposals for the RDOF will fall shorts of achieving reasonable comparability and urged the Commission to take stock of the current marketplace data and reasonably foreseeable trends in broadband networking and usage in establishing tiers and corresponding weights for the RDOF auction.

NTCA Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Commissioner Starks Office

On December 13, 2019, NTCA's Mike Romano met with Austin Bonner, legal advisor to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF"). NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF auction and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA Addresses RDOF Auction Concerns with Commissioner Rosenworcel's Office

On December 11, 2019, Mike Romano met with Travis Litman, senior legal advisor, wireline and public safety, for Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF auction and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a reasonable comparability and urged the Commission to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA meets with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

On December 9, 2019, NTCA CEO, Shirley Bloomfield, and Senior VP of Industry Affairs, Mike Romano met with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and his legal advisor, Austin Bonner to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF"). NTCA noted the Commission needs to recognize the value of better service capabilities and symmetrical services in the RDOF auction and the importance of promoting greater accountability.

NTCA addresses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Commissioner Michael O'Reilly

On December 4, 2019, Mike Romano met with Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and his legal advisor, Arielle Roth to discuss the weighting needed to recognize the values of relative speeds and symmetrical services in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF") auction and highlighted the importance of greater accountability prior to bids and following the awards.

NTCA meets with Commissioner Carr's Office to discuss RDOF Auction

On December 4, 2019, Mike Romano met with Joseph Calascione, legal advisor to Commissioner Carr to discuss the RDOF auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA addresses the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Chairman Pai's Office

On December 3, 2019, Mike Romano met with Preston Wise, rural broadband advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA Comments on Deployment of Telecommunications to Rural America

On November 22, 2019, NTCA filed comments on Notice of Inquiry Concerning Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to all Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion. NTCA urged the Commission to take a long-term view of the sustainability of broadband networks and affirm its previously adopted conclusion that while mobile broadband services provide significant value of their own they are not a substitute for fixed broadband services.

NTCA Addresses Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service Deadlines with FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

On November 19, 2019, NTCA member Jimmy Todd, General Manager of Nex-Tech in Lenora, Kansas and Brian Ford of NTCA met with staff from the FCC Wireless Telecommunication Bureau to urge the FCC to grant the Petition for Waiver filed jointly by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) and the Utilities Technology Council (“UTC”) requesting an extension of the April 17, 2020 deadline in regards to the Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) rules. NTCA noted many companies including Nex-Tech use CBRS spectrum to offer fixed wireless broadband service to difficult to reach customers and would be adversely affected by the deadline to replace equipment in order to become compliant.