AccomplishmentsProven Track Record of Success
NATOA’s knowledge and understanding of how federal communications policies impact local governments and the citizens we represent have resulted in our ability to have direct influence on legislation, regulations, and policy development.
Key Accomplishments for NATOA in our first 30 years:
• Established the first national network of local governments across the country to address cable franchise, rights-of-way and PEG issues.
•Became first member organization to serve the professional needs of cable-related professionals in local government.
•Advised and assisted local governments in implementing the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts, and the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
•Successfully lobbied on many national legislative issues that reaffirmed local government authority to manage public property and address communications issues in the best interests of local citizens.
•Continues to be the leader in government and consumer organizations in filings before courts and the FCC on vital communications issues.
•Successfully negotiated technical standards with the National Cable Television Association that the FCC adopted.
•Succeeded in modifying FCC rate regulation rules and customer service standards to meet the needs of the consumer.
•Has become a respected voice with the FCC and Congress on broadband issues.
•Educated, trained and supported over 2,000 local government professionals in a variety of communications issues impacting local government.
•NATOA’s efforts have saved local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal and lobbying fees on issues of rights-of-way, franchising, broadband, wireless communications facilities siting and other communications matters.