WTA provides a respected national voice on behalf of its members on Capitol Hill and at various federal agencies. WTA works directly with members, policymakers and industry partners to proactively represent rural telecommunications providers in federal legislative and regulatory proceedings.
WTA Category I and II members can participate in the association’s Public Policy Committee meetings. The open discussions among the members during PPC calls and meetings are what makes WTA’s advocacy so effective!
WTA encourages its members to visit lawmakers in Washington, D.C. in small groups throughout the year. WTA staff help members prepare for their small group meetings.
WTA also serves its members as registered agent for service of process in the District of Columbia.
WTA is a leading provider of and trusted source for education in the industry. WTA’s meetings provide an affordable and unique opportunity for industry networking and feature reputable industry speakers, panels and exhibitions.
WTA has always had a long-standing relationship with USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The spring and fall meetings provide members an opportunity to meet face-to-face with RUS representatives and other industry lenders.
WTA meetings are more intimate than those held by other national trade associations, which allows for a greater diversity of venues. The venues are always affordable and, for those members who bring their families along, provide access to enjoyable locales.
The WTA Foundation, Inc. is proud to provide collegiate and trade school scholarship opportunities to high school seniors of employees of WTA Category I and II members.
WTA communicates timely association and industry news to its membership through its e-newsletter RuralMatters, its website and emails.
The RuralMatters e-newsletter is distributed on a regular basis and when important information needs to be relayed to the membership quickly. RuralMatters provides the latest updates from Capitol Hill, the FCC, executive branch agencies as well as industry development, educational information and convention updates.
WTA’s website (w-t-a.org) provides access to all regulatory filings, industry news, advocacy resources and special member benefits, including a secure page containing resources exclusively for WTA members.
WTA also connects to its members using Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media. If you’re looking for information on the industry, WTA will find a way to get it to you!
WTA Offers 3 Membership Catagories
CATEGORY I: Consists of those companies, associations, cooperatives, corporations and similar entities that are directly engaged or about to engage (in whole or part) in providing telecommunications services in the western United States.*
CATEGORY II: Consists of those companies, associations, cooperatives, corporations and similar entities that are directly engaged or about to engage (in whole or part) in providing telecommunications services in the eastern United States.*
*Category I and II members are treated no differently. The distinction takes into account the number of seats available on the WTA Board of Directors.
CATEGORY III (Associate Members): Consists of any individual or entity that provides products and services to Category I or Category II members.
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