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In Reply Comments, WTA Reiterates Opposition to Proposed USAC E-Rate Portal

Today, WTA submitted reply comments to the FCC in response to its NPRM proposing the creation a portal managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company through which bid responses to FCC Form 470 would be submitted. In its initial commentsContinue reading “In Reply Comments, WTA Reiterates Opposition to Proposed USAC E-Rate Portal”

WTA Opposes Creation of Proposed USAC E-Rate Portal

Today, WTA responded to the FCC’s NPRM on creating a portal managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company through which bid responses to FCC Form 470 would be submitted. WTA stated in its comments that such a new bid portal … Continue reading “WTA Opposes Creation of Proposed USAC E-Rate Portal”

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”