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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 Supports the Texas Carriers’ E-Rate Petition

On July 1, WTA filed comments in support of the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Texas Carriers on May 22. In their Petition, the Texas Carriers request the Commission to initiate a rulemaking to review and amend Part 54 … Continue reading “WTA Supports the Texas Carriers’ E-Rate Petition”

WTA Discusses E-rate and Broadband Availability and Affordability at the FCC

This week, WTA, ITTA, and USTelecom met with Wireline Competition Bureau staff, and the offices of Commissioner Ajit Pai and Commissioner Mike O’Rielly to urge the FCC to refrain from expanding the E-rate program for achieving High-Cost and Lifeline program … Continue reading “WTA Discusses E-rate and Broadband Availability and Affordability at the FCC”

Rural Associations Urge FCC to Waive Lifeline Standalone Broadband Requirement

WTA and NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association filed a letter urging the FCC to waive the requirement for high-cost ETCs to offer standalone broadband service to their Lifeline customers due to the continuing higher retail costs for standalone broadband. Without such … Continue reading “Rural Associations Urge FCC to Waive Lifeline Standalone Broadband Requirement”

Rural Associations Request FCC to Exclude Certain Form 481 Certifications for 2016

Yesterday, WTA and NTCA filed comments under the Paperwork Reduction Act urging the FCC refrain from including certifications regarding the E-rate reasonably comparable benchmark and bid requirement for the July 1, 2016 Form 481 filing. Because the new E-rate benchmarks … Continue reading “Rural Associations Request FCC to Exclude Certain Form 481 Certifications for 2016”

Rural Associations file Petition for Reconsideration on E-rate Bidding Requirement for USF Support Recipients

Today, the Rural Associations filed a Petition for Reconsideration and/or Clarification requesting that the Federal Communications Commission reconsider its requirement adopted in the Second E-rate Modernization Order that Universal Service Fund support recipients bid to provide fixed broadband access service … Continue reading “Rural Associations file Petition for Reconsideration on E-rate Bidding Requirement for USF Support Recipients”

WTA Meets with the FCC to Discuss the E-rate Definitions of Rural and Urban

This week, WTA met with wireline advisors to Commissioners Pai, Rosenworcel, and O’Rielly as well as the Wireline Competition Bureau’s E-rate team to discuss WTA’s support Petitions for Reconsideration seeking a modified definition of “rural” and “urban” that … Continue reading “WTA Meets with the FCC to Discuss the E-rate Definitions of Rural and Urban”