Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Members meet with Chairman Pai at RTIME

On February 5, 2019, NTCA members and staff met with Chairman Ajit Pai during the NTCA RTIME conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. NTCA expressed appreciation to the Chairman and staff at the Federal Communications Commission for the order with respect to high-cost universal service. NTCA members discussed their intent to deploy additional broadband in 2019 to benefit rural consumers based upon the greater predictability provided by the order.

NTCA Files Comments to NIST on Developing a Privacy Framework

On January 15, 2019 NTCA filed comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Developing a Privacy Framework. NTCA noted that our members are committed to protecting the privacy of their customers and they have taken an active role in privacy proceedings undertaken by a variety of Federal agencies including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

NTCA Meets with staff from Wireline Competition Bureau to Discuss Performance Testing Obligations for Small, Rural Providers

On December 20, 2018, NTCA staff Josh Seidemann, Tamber Ray and Mike Romano met with Suzanne Yelen, Alec MacDonnell, Stephen Wang and Cathy Zima from the Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss performance testing obligations for small, rural providers.

NTCA Files Comments on Connect America Fund Phase II Auction and ETC Designations

On December 17, 2018, NTCA filed an Ex Parte letter to FCC responding to comments filed by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Associations (WISPA) on December 5, 2018. NTCA's comments highlighted agreements with WISPA on ETC designations and further clarified NTCA's stance on other aspects of the CAF Phase II auction.

NTCA Files Reply Comments on the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act

On December 14, 2018, NTCA filed reply comments on the Commission's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992. NTCA supported comments filed by the American Cable Association (ACA) and the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) which the Communications Act dictates that "any tax, fee or assessment of any kind" required as part of the cable franchise agreement is subject to the 5% cap on franchise fees unless the fee is specifically excluded by the Act.

NTCA Files Comments on Implementation of Kari's Law Act of 2017

On December 10, 2018, NTCA filed comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the implementation of Kari's Law Act of 2017 and Section 506 of the Ray Baum's Act. NTCA supports the goal of each of these provisions, and if adopted, will assist public safety and first responders better serve the needs of carriers' that utilize multi-line telephone systems.