American Connection Project Promotes Broadband to Congressional Leadership

Today, the American Connection Project, a coalition to which WTA belongs, sent a letter to the President and Congressional leadership advocating an investment of at least $80 billion to close the digital divide across America. The letter also supports swift … Continue reading “American Connection Project Promotes Broadband to Congressional Leadership”

WTA Calls on Congress to Help Small ISPs with Costs of Keeping Americans Connected Pledge

Today, WTA sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to include funding to reimburse small ISPs for costs associated with taking the FCC’s Keeping Americans Connected pledge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter states that “as the COVID-19 pandemic

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ILEC Industry Tells Congress Not to Alter RDOF to Remove ETC Requirement

In a letter signed by WTA, USTelecom, and NTCA sent to Congress today, the associations expressed “deep concern with proposed legislation to prospectively eliminate the eligible telecommunication carrier (ETC) designation for certain broadband providers seeking to compete for funding through … Continue reading “ILEC Industry Tells Congress Not to Alter RDOF to Remove ETC Requirement”

WTA Joins Partners to Push for USF Contributions Reform

Today, WTA, along with eleven other organizations, sent a letter to House Democratic and Republican leadership to support the inclusion of H.R. 6723, the Universal Broadband Act, which directs the FCC to begin assessing broadband for contributions to the Universal … Continue reading “WTA Joins Partners to Push for USF Contributions Reform”

WTA and Industry Partners Ask Congress to Fund Program to Ensure Communications Network is Secure

Today, WTA along with several industry partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting that when they consider policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, that they “provide appropriation funding for implementation of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act.”

The

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WTA Applauds and Supports Introduction of Universal Service Fund Contributions Modernization Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May, 5 2020) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Don Young (R-AK) for introducing bipartisan legislation to modernize the contributions mechanism for the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The USF is funded

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Telecom Industry Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders on COVID Response

Today, leading telecom industry associations, including WTA, sent a letter to Congressional leaders reminding them of the role broadband networks have played in keeping Americans connected during the COVID-19 emergency.  The letter says, in part:

“As financial uncertainties continue to

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