Federal Filings and Ex Parte

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.

NTCA Encourages FCC to Allow RLEC's to Choose Price Cap Regulation of TDM Transport Services

On March 11, 2019, NTCA filed reply comments with the FCC stating that the Commission adopted rules in an October 2018 Order that allow RLECs to elect incentive regulation of their BDS services in markets deemed competitive based on a market analysis conducted by the Commission for price cap carriers. NTCA noted the market analysis included only 78 markets that were served solely by RLECs. NTCA argued that the next logical step would be to use that same market analysis once again to allow RLECs to elect price cap regulation of their TDM transport services.