Federal Filings and Ex Parte

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.

NTCA Shirley Bloomfield talks with FCC Commissioners to offer support for USF draft order

On December 6, 2018, NTCA Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Bloomfield spoke with FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioner Brendan Carr to express support for the draft order in respect to the universal service fund (USF). NTCA mentioned the draft order as currently written would take substantial steps toward the fulfillment of statutory mandates with respect to predictability and promote the effectiveness of existing USF support mechanisms.

NTCA Talks with Special Counsel to Chairman Pai to offer support for the USF draft order

On December 6, 2018, Mike Romano, NTCA Senior Vice President of Policy, spoke with Preston Wise, special counsel to Chairman Ajit Pai to express support for the draft order in respect to the universal service fund (USF). NTCA mentioned the draft order as currently written would take substantial steps toward the fulfillment of statutory mandates with respect to predictability and promote the effectiveness of existing USF support mechanisms.