WTA Recommends Increasing Speeds for USDA ReConnect Program

Today, WTA filed comments with USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in response to its Final Rule asking for public input on certain aspects of it’s ReConnect grant and loan program. WTA recommended that RUS increase the minimum speed standard to … Continue reading “WTA Recommends Increasing Speeds for USDA ReConnect Program”

WTA Expresses Serious Concerns to FCC about RDOF Auction

In an April 20 letter sent to the FCC, WTA wrote that its members “are very skeptical of the ability of several RDOF auction ‘winners’ to fulfill their promises to construct and operate new stand-alone Gigabit-speed fiber optic broadband networks … Continue reading “WTA Expresses Serious Concerns to FCC about RDOF Auction”

WTA Comments on Proposed Emergency Connectivity Fund

On April 5, WTA submitted comments to the FCC in response to its Public Notice seeking to implement the Emergency Connectivity Fund established by Congress in the American Rescue Plan. The ECF would provide assistance to schools and libraries to … Continue reading “WTA Comments on Proposed Emergency Connectivity Fund”

COVID In-Person Meeting Information

WTA’s primary focus is, and will always be, to ensure the health and safety of its members, staff, speakers and guests at our annual educational forums. WTA will closely monitor the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) … Continue reading “COVID In-Person Meeting Information”

Napa Valley COVID RESTRICTIONS Causes a Location Change For WTA’S Spring Educational Forum

COVID keeps wreaking mayhem on WTA’s Spring Educational Forum! The Napa Marriott cancelled its contract with WTA because Napa County is still under a three household per gathering limit with no end in sight. Many Napa restaurants/businesses remain closed or … Continue reading “Napa Valley COVID RESTRICTIONS Causes a Location Change For WTA’S Spring Educational Forum”

WTA Files Comments on Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund

On January 25, WTA filed comments in response to the FCC’s Public Notice seeking comment on the Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund, which would provide $3.2 billion to subsidize broadband access. WTA’s comments state that “the rules and regulations adopted in … Continue reading “WTA Files Comments on Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund”

Rebuild Rural Coalition Sends Letter on Infrastructure to President Biden

On January 28, WTA along with many other organizations, sent a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize rural infrastructure, including broadband.

The letter says “The scope of the investment needed is staggering. Clearly, the federal government must continue … Continue reading “Rebuild Rural Coalition Sends Letter on Infrastructure to President Biden”