Federal Filings and Ex Parte

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.

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.