Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Files Ex Parte on C-Band Discussions at the FCC

On August 15, 2019, NTCA's Jill Canfield met with staff from Commissioner O'Reilly, Commissioner Carr, and Commissioner Rosenworcel's offices to discuss concerns regarding the proposed reallocation of spectrum. NTCA urged the Commission to adopt smaller sized geographic territories for spectrum licenses that would ensure small and rural providers will have an opportunity to obtain spectrum so rural consumers would receive service.

NTCA Files Additional Comments on 3.7-4.2 GHz C-Band Spectrum

On August 7, 2019, NTCA filed additional comments on the 3.7-4.2 GHz band proceeding. NTCA supports a balanced and measured approach that ensures that all consumers, including those in rural areas can take advantages of the spectrum base services the band has to offer. NTCA noted the FCC should consider licensing the spectrum according to geographic areas that are small enough to afford rural companies a realistic opportunity to participate in the auction bidding.

NTCA Details Labor Hours Associated with Performance Measurement Testing

On August 6, 2019, NTCA filed comments responding to the FCC estimates of labor hours to report broadband network performance measurement results. NTCA outlined sequential steps that providers will need to take as part of the testing process and noted these measures do not appear to be contemplated in the original burden estimate set forth for under the Paperwork Reductions Act (PRA) requirements.

NTCA Supports Waiver of Requirement that Lifeline Subscribers Must Upgrade to Larger Wireless Data Plan on December 1, 2019

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association filed comments with the FCC on July 31, 2019, supporting a petition for waiver filed by CTIA, public interest, consumer and civil rights organizations seeking to suspend the commission’s requirement that Lifeline subscribers upgrade to a wireless data plan capable of approximately 9.5 GB

NTCA Discusses Performance Measurement Testing with the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

On July 31, 2019, NTCA member Don Jackson of Tri County Telephone, and Josh Seidemann, NTCA Vice President of Policy met with the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss performance measurement testing. Tri County Telephone detailed the process they use to test their network and noted that numerous staff and labor hours beyond data collection and reporting will be necessary as providers comply with the performance measurement requirements.

NTCA Asks FCC for Waiver of Mandatory Broadband Service Speed Increase for Lifeline Subscribers

NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association filed a Petition for Waiver with the FCC on July 29, 2019, asking the FCC to refrain from requiring low-income consumers who subscribe to fixed broadband Internet service using Lifeline support to subscribe to a minimum of 20/3 Mbps service beginning December 1, 2019

NTCA Reiterates Need to Make USAC’s Location Determination Guidance Consistent With Commission Rules

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association filed reply comments July 25, 2019, with the FCC pointing out that those who filed comments in the proceeding unanimously supported the request by Northeast Iowa Telephone Co. (Monona, Iowa) and Western Iowa Telephone Association for clarification or modification of the Universal Service Administrative Co.’s (USAC)