WTA Expresses Concerns to USDA About Discriminating Against For-Profit Providers

Back at the end of November, WTA sent a letter to the USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small expressing its disappointment with one aspect of the application scoring criteria for ReConnect Round III that deviates from long-standing RUS … Continue reading “WTA Expresses Concerns to USDA About Discriminating Against For-Profit Providers”

WTA Comments on Implementation of Affordable Connectivity Program

Today, WTA filed comments in response to the FCC’s Public Notice seeking input on implementing the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). WTA recommends the FCC, to the extent allowable under the statute, structure the ACP so that its mechanisms, regulations, and … Continue reading “WTA Comments on Implementation of Affordable Connectivity Program”

WTA Congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on Senate Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 7, 2021) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband extends its congratulations to Jessica Rosenworcel for receiving strong bipartisan support in the Senate to serve another term on the Federal Communications Commission and on becoming the first

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WTA Joins More than 250 Other Organizations in Calling for USF Contributions Modernization

On November 29, WTA, along with 253 other organizations signed a letter to policymakers recommending they modernize the Universal Service Fund contribution mechanism to include broadband. The statement notes the problem of the rising contributions factor, now around 30%, states … Continue reading “WTA Joins More than 250 Other Organizations in Calling for USF Contributions Modernization”

WTA Supports Introduction of Legislation to Require FCC to Address USF Contributions Modernization

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 22, 2021) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband supports bipartisan legislation, S. 3236, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) to require the FCC to complete

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WTA Supports FCC Clarifying that Tribal Libraries are Eligible for E-Rate Support

Today, WTA filed comments with the FCC in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending the Commission update the definition of “library” in its rules to provide clarity regarding the eligibility of Tribal libraries and to promote increased participation … Continue reading “WTA Supports FCC Clarifying that Tribal Libraries are Eligible for E-Rate Support”

WTA Recommends Extending STIR/SHAKEN Deadline for Small Carriers

Today, WTA filed comments with the FCC supporting the continuation, or in the alternative the further extension, of the existing extended deadline until June 30, 2023, of the requirement for small voice service providers with 100,000 or fewer voice service … Continue reading “WTA Recommends Extending STIR/SHAKEN Deadline for Small Carriers”