conference, nearly 200 members of congress wrote to the
commission yet again, urging sufficient and predictable
funding of the uSF High-cost program. Through hearings
and follow-on letters over the course of 2018, congress continued to press the commission for action on the uSF budget
shortfalls, and the commission pledged in response to take
action to resolve the concerns of congress by the end of the
year. NTcA is appreciative that the commission recently
fulfilled its pledge by approving the order that would resolve
these uSF budget shortfalls.
A Busy Year Upcoming
What can we expect in 2019? We should certainly anticipate
an active year in the broadband world. A new Farm Bill and
the rollout of the Reconnect program, along with additional
uSF support allocated by the commission to the High-cost
program will hopefully give rural broadband providers both
resources and regulatory certainty to get back to focusing
on the business of building and sustaining broadband in
rural America. In the wake of Democrats gaining control of
the House, a bipartisan consensus on the importance of
infrastructure policy could bring even more resources to
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the table through a comprehensive infrastructure funding
package—although coordinating any new resources with
existing programs and initiatives will remain a significant
Beyond the question of infrastructure resources, however, there will of course be other areas of focus for NTcA,
including but not limited to retransmission consent via the
Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act reauthorization, spectrum policy, mapping and broadband regulation.
Indeed, with respect to that last issue, we expect that House
Democrats will likely prioritize privacy issues, net neutrality
and Fcc oversight in the next congress.
If 2018 was a year in which broadband became a focus
on both sides of capitol Hill, 2019 will surely be a continuation
of that. NTcA looks forward to continuing its dedicated advocacy on capitol Hill through partnership with members and
to ensuring that our members can maintain the robust,
reliable and affordable communications services they have
long provided for their customers across rural America. l
Michael Daniels is director of government affairs at NTCA. Contact
him at email@example.com.