NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association offers a variety of events throughout the year. The association's signature event held in February is the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and EXPO (RTIME) and garners more than 2,300 attendees in the rural telecommunications industry across the country. There are educational seminars, general session keynote addresses, workshops, and other presentations at the meeting. Association business is also conducted. In addition, there are social events for all attendees.
The NTCA Fall Conference is an education-oriented meeting in September, with more 1,500 attendees. A wide variety of educational sessions and round table discussions are offered, along with several social events.
The association holds Regional Conferences each year in the summer and fall. These meetings represent the geographic regions which comprise the NTCA membership. There are educational sessions, social events, and association business conducted at these meetings.
To provide high quality, topical telecommunications-related education and training to member general managers, directors, and employees at significant savings over commercially available training, NTCA holds Educational Seminars on such topics as management, board of director responsibilities, technical, legislative, regulatory, finance and accounting, customer relations, legal, marketing, public relations and human resources.
NTCA also holds a number of additional events through the year, including the Legislative and Policy Conference, Telecom Executive Forum, PR & Marketing Conference, Human Resources Conference, Pre-Retirement Seminars, Telecom Legal Seminar, Finance and Accounting Conference as well as others.
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Frequently Asked Questions About NTCA Meetings
I. Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) and Fall Conference Housing QuestionsHow does NTCA set up housing for RTIME and Fall Conference?
So, if NTCA books enough rooms, then why are there problems?
Why doesn't NTCA just contract larger hotel room blocks?
Why does NTCA utilize a housing bureau?
Why do the hotels sell out so quickly?
Can I stay in the headquarters hotel, but at a different (higher or lower) rate?
What if I end up on the waiting list?
What happens to the rooms within the last three to four weeks before the meeting?
What can I do to help?
What is NTCA doing to help this situation?
II. Meeting QuestionsWhen will upcoming meeting information be available?
Do spouses/guests need to register fully for the meetings?
Once I register, can I go back online to adjust my registration record?
Is it necessary to register for specific seminars or concurrent sessions at each meeting?
Are banquet tickets included in the price of the meeting registration?
Why will NTCA not refund banquet or special event tickets after a certain date?
How can I provide feedback on NTCA meetings?
Information for the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO is posted in early November.
Information about the Regional Conferences is available in mid-April.
NTCA Antitrust Statement and Summary for NTCA Meetings
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) assigns the highest priority to full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the antitrust laws, and it is vital that this meeting be conducted in a manner consistent with that policy. If at any time during the course of the meeting staff believes that a sensitive topic under the antitrust laws is being discussed, or is about to be discussed, they will so advise the meeting and halt further discussion. As attendees at this meeting, you likewise should not hesitate to voice any concerns you may have in this regard.
It is important to bear in mind that those in attendance at this meeting may be your competitors. NTCA members should avoid discussing certain subjects when they are together-both at formal NTCA meetings and in informal contacts with other industry members-and should adhere strictly to the guidelines that follow. In general, the types of discussion that should be avoided are those that may suggest or tend to reflect agreements among competitors as to: price; terms of sale that could impact price; allocation of customers, markets or territories; bid-rigging; and boycotts or joint refusals to do business with others.
While many of the antitrust laws apply only to "concerted" action or "agreements," an illegal agreement can be found even without a "handshake" or express words or writings indicating agreement. Tacit understandings, including responding to pressure, exerting pressure or doing "what is expected," can be sufficient. An implied agreement also may be inferred from actions or the result of those actions. For example, if two competitors discuss prices, and later adopt prices that are similar, a conspiracy to fix prices may be inferred, even though the competitors never explicitly "agreed" to do anything. Comments made in an informal environment may be used as proof of an agreement, even though the parties' subsequent actions actually were taken independently for sound business reasons. Thus, the safest rule of thumb is to avoid any discussions with competitors of topics, in association meetings or elsewhere, on which it would be illegal to agree. An informal verbal understanding could violate the antitrust laws. It is possible to break the law without a written contract or express agreement.
The antitrust laws apply to membership organizations such as NTCA just as they apply to any individual company or group of competitors. Members should always avoid conduct that would violate the antitrust laws in the ordinary course of business. As such, with rare exceptions that should be made only upon the advice of NTCA counsel, there should never be discussion of the following topics at any NTCA meeting (whether as part of a structured formal meeting of the association or as part of informal discussions among members at social functions or other events):
NTCA meeting participants have an obligation to terminate any discussion, seek legal counsel's advice or, if necessary, terminate any meeting if the discussion might be construed to raise any antitrust issues. If serious antitrust concerns are left unaddressed, the NTCA member representative should announce that he is leaving, explain why and walk out of the meeting.
NTCA is committed to complying fully with the antitrust laws.