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WTA Responds to LDT Broadband on Challenges of Serving Rural Areas

Today, WTA filed a letter with the FCC contesting LTD Broadband’s claim that “rural areas do not present the same challenges of deploying fiber [as many urban fiber deployments] because of the lack of in-ground infrastructure such as gas lines, … Continue reading “WTA Responds to LDT Broadband on Challenges of Serving Rural Areas”

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”

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 Files Comments on RDOF

Today, WTA filed comments in response to the FCC’s Public Notice on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

In its comments, WTA focused on the following four issues:

  • (1) that the Commission should retain census block groups as the minimum geographic
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WTA Joins Other Trade Associations in Asking FCC to Modify Letter of Credit Requirements for RDOF

Today, seven trade associations representing various broadband providers, including WTA, sent a letter to the FCC asking for modifications to the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) draft rules regarding letters of credit. The letter warns that if modifications to the … Continue reading “WTA Joins Other Trade Associations in Asking FCC to Modify Letter of Credit Requirements for RDOF”

WTA Meets with FCC WCB and Commissioner Offices Regarding RDOF

Prior to the Christmas holiday, representatives from WTA met with staff from the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau and the Commissioner offices to discuss the association’s thoughts on the proposed Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

WTA indicated that some of its members

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WTA Files Reply Comments in RDOF Proceeding

Today, WTA filed reply comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. WTA reiterated many of its thoughts from its initial comments, writing that the CAF Phase II Auction procedures

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