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Policy Committees Come to D.C.

Policy Committees Come to D.C.

NTCA’s hard-working policy committee members traveled across the country to gather in Washington, D.C., to review current public policy objectives for the rural ILEC industry. Our Industry and Regulatory Policy, Competitive and Advanced Services, and Government Affairs Committees all met at various times during the course of this week and reviewed the current status of USF reform, video policies, cybersecurity, privacy regulations, the IP transition, hearings on Capitol Hill and the list goes on. Leaders from the Wireline Competition Bureau…

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Cool Kids

Cool Kids

An NTCA member shared with me this morning a story highlighting the “supersize” influence that edge providers such as Google have had on this current Administration. The article noted that Google’s top lobbyist in D.C. has visited the White House 128 times through 2015. I think we’ve made tremendous progress with the White House and have had a number of visits, but our visits still can be counted on two hands—maybe 3. The trade press has also recently documented that…

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Video Issues Also at the Top of ‘To Do’ List for NTCA

Video Issues Also at the Top of ‘To Do’ List for NTCA

It feels like we’ve been 24/7 on USF issues (which we have), but we’ve also been 24/7 the past several months on pressing video issues that are high on the policy priority list for NTCA members. On the merger front (which has been busy in Washington over the course of the past few years, indeed), the Department of Justice just announced that it reached an agreement that permits Charter to complete a $78 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable…

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Merits, Not ‘Cool’ Factor, Must Rule on Set-Top Box Proceeding

Merits, Not ‘Cool’ Factor, Must Rule on Set-Top Box Proceeding

In addition to having managed to survive my own adolescent female struggles, I also raised two young women, so I am no stranger to the pressure of always wanting to be in the cool group and the frustration and angst when not included. I’ll never forget the horror on my mother’s face when I would answer the knock on the door from a neighborhood playmate with the response that I was too engrossed in a book to come out to…

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What’s Next at the FCC? How About Some Video Issues?

What’s Next at the FCC? How About Some Video Issues?

You know that you’ve been on a roll heading over to the FCC when the nice young woman at the front desk looks at you after a mere week of not “darkening her doorway” and says, “Where have you been lately?” The same goes for the guard who already knows that your shoes are going to set off his metal detector because they always do and you’ve gone through his machine nearly daily. I can only imagine the exchanges with…

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FCC Has the Authority to Fix Broken Video Market

FCC Has the Authority to Fix Broken Video Market

Today, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and our various partners in the video access arena, including INCOMPAS (formerly Comptel), ITTA and Public Knowledge, all filed comments as leading broadband associations and consumer advocates, calling for changes in the broken video marketplace. Video has long been a driving force behind competition in the broadband arena, and I would argue that the influence of video and OTT options is driving this even further. Our working coalition, called the Networks for Competition and Choice, filed…

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Top 10 List Mania

Top 10 List Mania

I always find the end of a calendar year entertaining as everyone puts out their “Top 10” lists—top 10 movies, top 10 songs, top 10 cereals, top 10 political mishaps, etc. There is even a top 10 list of the top lists! (I’m not even kidding!) While the lists are a tad sobering since I’ve usually seen one of the 10 movies listed, or can hum three of the top 10 songs, I’ve decided that the only way to really enjoy a top 10 list is…

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Gratitude

Gratitude

There is a lot to be said for a holiday that requires taking a deep breath to think about all of the many things that we are grateful for. I always appreciate the opportunity for reflection, and have a few thoughts of thanks from myself and the team here at NTCA. We are thankful for Smart Rural Communities that have sprung up across the country—places that show, better than mere words, that broadband networks aren’t just out there for the sake…

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NTCA and Industry Partners Survey the Status of Video Competition

NTCA and Industry Partners Survey the Status of Video Competition

NTCA and our partners at INCOMPAS (formerly COMPTEL) just completed a survey to take a look at the status of video competition in the marketplace. While the results are not surprising, they are significant and will be used to share the story of video competition with policymakers. According to our study, 95% of small MVPDs and new entrants into the video market struggle to obtain reasonably priced programming. In addition, 40% reported retransmission consent fee price increases of more than…

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A Chat About Video Policy With Chairman Thune

A Chat About Video Policy With Chairman Thune

Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and all-around good guy from South Dakota, met with me and a few other members of our video access coalition today, along with his top staffers, to talk through where the video market is today and how good public policy in the video space can actually be an incentive for more network deployment. And, it is good for consumers. It was a great opportunity to share with the senator the importance…

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