Unfortunately, there has been little progress in policy-making circles to address content costs—even as retransmission consent “negotiations” are poised to foist another
round of substantial price increases on rural operators and
their consumers. NTCA continues to explore new ways of
making targeted arguments to help improve matters in the
content marketplace, and has also actively opposed major
transactions that would exacerbate matters by creating
Meanwhile, NTCA is involved in several current proceedings at the FCC that have the potential to change the
terms of access (for better or worse) for midband spectrum
that could enable broadband availability. NTCA is also
actively involved in the debate over how to identify areas
needing support under the Mobility Fund Phase 2 auction,
seeking to ensure that smaller providers will have a meaningful opportunity to challenge coverage claims by larger
providers and will continue to receive support where
needed to sustain rural operations. l
Michael Romano is senior vice president of industry affairs and
business development at NTCA. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
telecom circles. In this frenzied and fervent debate, NTCA
has focused on practical issues of essential importance to
rural consumers, particularly how rural communities will
stay interconnected with the rest of the world in a broadband era and how broadband rates will remain affordable
without having the costs of network interconnection all
fall onto the backs of rural consumers.
In addition to filing detailed comments at the FCC, NTCA
recently secured a featured witness role at the only congressional hearing held in 2017 on net neutrality, providing a
promising opportunity to articulate and highlight the
needs of small rural providers and the consumers they
serve on a prominent stage. The FCC voted on “Restoring
Internet Freedom” at its December 2017 open meeting, but
congressional activity and oversight—and litigation—will
follow in the coming months.
Content and Spectrum Issues
NTCA members are committed to delivering all kinds of
communications options to rural communities, and this
effort can be furthered through improved terms and conditions for access to content and spectrum.
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In addition to filing detailed comments at the FCC,
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NTCA recently secured a featured witness role at the
only congressional hearing held in 2017 on net neutrality