Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Discusses Outage Reporting Requirements with staff from the FCC Office of Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability Division

On October 30, 2018, Jill Canfield, Vice President of Legal & Industry and Jesse Ward, Director of Industry & Policy Analysis talked with James Wile and Brenda Villanueva, Attorney Advisors in the Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability Division, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau to discuss Amendments to the Part 4 outage reporting requirements and the Commission's desire to re-examine sharing Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) information.

NTCA Members Meet with FCC Advisors on USF Budget

On October 24, 2108, Mike Romano, senior vice president of NTCA and Denny Law, chief executive officer of Golden West Telecommunications, met with FCC Advisors to discuss ongoing concerns in regards to the sufficiency and predictability of federal high-cost universal service fund (USF) support. The pair met staff from the offices of Chairman Pai, Commissioner Carr, Commissioner Rosenworcel; and staff from the Wireline Competition Bureau.

NTCA and Industry Associations Discuss High-Cost USF Support with Staff from Chairman Pai's Office

On October 17, 2018, NTCA, along with representatives from ITTA, USTelecom and WTA meet with Nicholas Degani and Preston Wise from the Office of Chairman Pai to jointly discuss USF Fund Support. The discussions addressed the ongoing concerns in regards to the sufficiency and predictability of federal high-cost universal service fund support.

NTCA Discusses High-Cost USF Support with Chairman Ajit Pai

On October 16, 2018, Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, together with Michael Romano, Senior Vice President, met with Chairman Ajit Pai and his special counsel Nirali Patel to discuss concerns regarding high-cost USF support. They encouraged the FCC to adopt and implement a straightforward set of reforms that support the already-existing USF mechanisms.

NTCA Files Comments on Support of Broadband-Enabled Telehealth for Veterans

On October 12, 2018, NTCA filed comments on veterans' use of broadband for telehealth and employment. NTCA offers the case that Veterans use of broadband is evident and promotes creative tools like the NTCA Virtual Living Room that demonstrates effective partnering of private industries to increase the use of V.A. telehealth and other online services.

NTCA Members and Staff met with FCC Advisors on USF Budget

On October 11, 2018, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, together with Joey Anderson, chief executive officer of Nortex Communications, Brian Boisvert, general manager of Wilson Communications, Charlie Cano, general manager of Etex Telephone Cooperative and, Jennifer Otwell, general manager of Totelcom Communications, met with Arielle Roth, wireline advisor to Commissioner Michael O'Rielly; and Travis Litman, chief of staff to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss matter in the following proceedings.