Outlook 2016: Regulation and Legislation in an Election Year
NTCA’S 2016 Regulatory Review: No Slowdown in Sight
By Michael Romano
As the calendar turns on 2015, we have seen a year in which the FCC took historic action on some important fronts while also redoubling efforts on other issues of special import to the rural telecom industry. In particular, with the network neutrality debate having moved beyond the FCC and into the courts, and with the FCC having finally completed a four-year saga of implementing a Connect America Fund for larger incumbent local exchange carriers, we have seen greater attention on Universal Service Fund (USF) reforms for small rural telcos and intense debates over video policy changes. These issues and other items are poised to be the focus of 2016 policy activity, and NTCA –The Rural Broadband Association is ready and eager to engage on each of these issues and others in the year ahead.