Watch our short video, “Reaching Rural” and see how Montana’s rural telecom providers are conquering the challenges of great distances, low population density and high costs to bring broadband solutions to Rural Montana:

Reaching Rural from Montana Telecommunications Assoc. MTA on Vimeo.

MTA’s outstanding regulatory and legislative advocacy operations effectively represent the interests of Montana’s independent telecommunications providers at all levels of state and federal government. In addition to daily contact with state and federal government officials, MTA submits formal comments at the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Montana Legislature and U.S. Congress, among others.


Below is a sampling of documents from MTA’s files. Please contact our General Manager Geoff Feiss for more information.

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    Issues & Advocacy

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    ConnectMT

    MTA’s ConnectMT™ Initiative, announced in March 2014, adopts a goal to deliver up to gigabit broadband speeds to Montana’s school, libraries and other anchor institutions by 2020. MTA members took a major step in fulfilling this commitment by announcing that every school they serve will have fiber connectivity by the end of 2017. By investing in tomorrow’s technology today, MTA members are connecting rural Montana to the future.

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    Archives

    MTA Comments & Letters

    (Contact MTA for past Comments)

    2015
    2015 06.01 Loss in Centrally Assessed Taxable Value
    2015 05.11 E-Rate-Rural Associations MTA Comments, Final

    2014
    2014 02.03 E-Rate-MTA Exparte Notice

    2013
    2013 11.08 E-Rate NPRM-MTA Reply Comments
    2013 07.22 Lifeline-NARUC-MTA Comments
    2013 05.09 MTA Comments on USTelecom Petition for Reconsideration of Rural Health Care Mechanism
    2013 04.29 MTA ex parte notice on Rural Health Care, Lifeline and Call Completion
    2013 04.25 Lifeline-MTA Testimony HE&C Final
    2013 04.25 Feiss oral statement before House Communications Subcommittee
    2013 04.25 MTA Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

    2012
    2012 04.18 MTA Comments on extending Rural Health Care Pilot Program funding
    2012 03.28 MTA Comments to OMB regarding the FCC’s Request for Emergency Review and Approval of data collection requirements contained in Lifeline Order
    2012 03.20 MTA Comments in support of USTelecom, et al., petition for waiver and clarification of the FCC’s Lifeline Order
    2012 02.22 MTA Comments on Triangle Communications Systems’s Request to Participate in Mobility Fund Auction.
    2012 02.17 CAF FMPRM MTA ReplyComments, Final
    2012 01.18 CAF FNPRM-Western Assn Comments
    2012 01.12 CAF Order-Rural Assns to Vilsack, Rural Council
    2012 01.06 Number Conservation-MTA Comments
    2012 01.05 Number Conservation-AT&T Comments

    2011
    2011 12.12 Lfeline-MTA ex parte
    2011 10.28 CallTermination-MTAEx ParteLetter
    2011 10.06 WITA-CTA-ITA-MTA-OTA (Vaya) Comments
    2011 08.24 USF-FCC FN Joint RLEC Assn Comments
    2011 08.24 USF-FCC FN Western Assn Comments
    2011 08.22 USF Roundtable 3 Indus Framework, MTA
    2011 07.29 RHC-MTA ex parte Notice
    2011 06.20 Text Messaging MTA Reply Comments
    2011 06.15 LowVoltage Permitting,MTA Comments
    2011 06.13 Call Termination Rural Assn Letter to EB
    2011 05.25 LI Lifeline NPRM MTA & MITS Joint Reply Comments
    2011 05.04 USF & ICC Reform NPRM Jt Assn Comments, B Gnapp
    2011 04.07 USF NPRM PSC Roundtable Sec XV – MTA Talking Points
    2011 04.07 USF NPRM PSC Roundtable, G Brown
    2011 04.06USF NPRM 30 SenateLetter to FCC
    2011 04.02 HB604 Transfer MTAP Funds, Senate/Finance/Claims, MTA Talking Points
    2011 03.31 USFNPRM House Letter to FCC
    2011 03.10 HB598 NOL, MTA Statement
    2011 03.09 SB307 Privatization, MTA Statement
    2011 02.18 RHC-HIEM Request for $13M, MTA Comments
    2011 01.30 RHC Feiss ex parte

    2010
    2010 12.10 USF Contributions NTCA ex parte
    2010 11.27 RHC/GAO Report
    2010 November NBP – Rural Group Advocacy Packet
    2010 10.28 RHC-Feiss ex parte
    2010 October Low Income/GAO Report 11.11
    2010 09.23 RHC-NPRM MTA Reply Comments
    2010 09.23 USF NPRMLCC Letter to FCC
    2010 09.10 Rural Health Care-NPRM MTA Comments to FCC
    2010 09.10 USF NPRM ETIC Letter to FCC
    2010 09.08 NBP Leg Consumer Committee
    2010 08.31 BB Stimulus Letter to RUS & NTIA
    2010 05.28 NBP 46 Member of Congress Letter to FCC re 4Mbps
    2010 04.22 BB Stimulus-NOFA 2-MTA Comments to PSC
    2010 04.09 OMB-NTIA BTOP Information Collection
    2010 03.11 Broadband Stimulus – Rural Caucus Letter to MTA

    2009
    2009 12-08 ARRA-MCC ltr to Secs Ag & Commerce
    2009 09.14 911-Prepaid Wireless Rules, MTA Letter to DOR
    2009 08-27 Salary Disclosure Rulemaking
    2009 04-29 Ex Parte Notice-Dortch
    2009 04-13 ARRA-NTIA RUS FRI-MTA Comments

    2008
    2008 04-17 USF-FCC USF NPRMs-MTA Comments
    2008 03-03 RTC v Q-Access-Jurisdictional Issues
    2008 02-21 Ronan v Q-Access D200813-MTA Plan to Intervene
    2008 01-25 ETC-Chinook MTA response to motion to strike
    2008 01-08 ETC-CW-MTA Post Hearing

    2007
    2007 12-26 USF TriCom FCC Notice on TCS Redef
    2007 08-24 USF-Q Use of USF-MTA Response to PSC Staff
    2007 08-24 ETC-Chinook-MTA Motion to Vacate Informational Hearing
    2007 08-13 ETC-Chinook Feiss Testimony
    2007 07-02 USF Reply Comments MTA-OTA-WITA
    2007 06-21 USF-Q use of USF-MTA DRs to PSC Witness
    2007 06-13 USF-JB RD on CETC USF cap
    2007 06-06 USF-JB RD for Interim HCF CETC Cap
    2007 05-31 Comments of MTA-OTA-WITA

    2006
    2006 09-06 Endorsement of HR5072
    2006 07-12 House Telecom Hearing: MTA Response to Congresswoman Blackburn
    2006 06-23 House Telecom Hearing: Response to Congresswoman Blackburn
    2006 06-19 House Telecom Internet SBCTE Hearing: MTA Testimony
    2006 05-18 Phantom Traffic
    2006 05-02 MTA Lauds Senate Commerce Committee Telecom Legislation

    2005
    2005 11-21 Joint RLEC Letter to PSC
    2005 10-31 USF-Joint MTA/WITA reply Comments to Joint Board
    2005 10-03 ETC-MTA Objection to WW Second Motion for Protective Order
    2005 09-30 USF-Joint MTA/WITA Commens to Joint Board
    2005 09-13 Support of Qwest’s Petition to amend ARM 38.5.4111
    2005 09-08 QoS Rules-MTA Talking Points
    2005 07-20 Intercarrier Compensation (ICC)-Joint RLEC Reply comments to FCC
    2005 07-21 PSC Investigation of Qwest USF-MTA Motion to Intervene
    2005 06-28 USF-Congressional Rural Caucus Principles
    2005 06-17 Notice of PSC Workshop/Intercarrier Compensation 5.84-MTA Comments
    2005 05-30 Lifeline Assistance-MTA Comments
    2005 05-26 ETC-VCI Company
    2005 05-26 ETC-Triangle Communications
    2005 05-23 FCC Intercarrier Compensation
    2005 05-31 ETC-MTA Objection to WW motion for Protection Order
    2005 04-27 CCC Response Brief-Motions for Reconsideration
    2005 04-08 FCC-MTA ex parte
    2005 03-11 Level 3 Petition for Forbearance-MTA Talking Points
    2005 02-28 USF-PSC Inquiry into Qwest use of USF-MTA Comments
    2005 01-28 Eligible Telecom Carriers (ETC)-Joint ex parte
    2005 01-26 USF-Burns Draft

    2004
    2004 12-16 Service Quality (QoS) Rules-MTA Comments to PSC
    2004 11-29 ETC Rules-MTA Comments to PSC
    2004 03-31 VOIP-Jt Assn Reply Comments to Level 3 petition
    2004 03-22 Ex parte MTA/FCC visit
    2004 03-22 Ex parte MTA/FCC slides
    2004 03-01 Level 3 Comments
    2004 02-24 Distance Learning Rules
    2004 02-12 ETC Rulemaking

    2003
    2003 01-21 AT&T Reply Comments
    2003 01-27 FCC CMRS Competition
    2003 05-05 FCC Joint Board – ETC Notice
    2003 10-27 FCC Vonage Comments
    2003 11-24 Vonage-MTA Reply Comments
    2003 12-16 Western Wireless petition to eliminate RoR

    2002
    2002 01-04 FCC Definition of Universal Service reply
    2002 02-22 Telecom Excise Tax Comments
    2002 03-15 Qwest Local Freeze Option Comments
    2002 04-08 FCC ex parte & 2002-04-09 Summary
    2002 05-06 ETC NOI Comments
    2002 05-16 CFT Non-Rate Tariff testimony
    2002 06-28 Minimum easement charge
    2002 10-07 FCC duplicative support
    2002 10-08 ARM Class 5 telecom company amendment

    2001
    2001 11-19 Clark Fork tariff Comments
    2001 09-24 Telephone number privacy comments
    2001 07-31 Rate Rebalancing comments
    2001 07-30 FCC comments on USF support freeze
    2001 03-13 Comments to Senate Telecom Cte

    2000
    2000 11-03 Comments on Rural Task Force

    Press Release

    Radio Commentaries

    2013
    04.04.2013 Government Owned Networks

    2012
    02.09.12 MT Public Radio “What’s behind the State University System Broadband Deal?”
    01.27.12 FCC Fiddlerswhile Companies Block Calls

    2010
    02-19-10 Broadband Stimulus, Boon or Boondoggie

    2009
    08-05-09 Broadband Mapping
    07-08-09 Broadband Issues
    06-10-09 Lobbying
    05-13-09 Rural Healthcare Networks
    04-15-09 Transparency & Accountability (in the practice of Law)
    03-18-09 States Role in Broadband Stimulus
    02-18-09 Broadband Stimulus Package
    01-21-09 Economic Stimulus, Part II

    2008
    12-24-08 Economic Stimulus & Broadband Deployment
    11-26-08 Headlines can be Misleading – e-gov Services
    10-30-08 E-Learning in Montana
    09-03-08 E-Rate Benefits Montana’s Schools & Libraries
    08-06-08 Network Neutrality or Network Management
    07-09-08 Retention Marketing OK for Cable not Telcos
    06-11-08 Parity Needed in Network Compensation
    05-14-08 FCC Reins in Explosive Growth of Universal Service Disbursements
    03-19-08 DTV Transition and Broadband Deployment
    02-20-08 VoIP wants a free lunch

    2007
    12-26-07 Broadband Deployment Trends
    11-28-07 Federal State Joint Board Recommends Long Term USF Reform
    10-31-07 New Study shows Federal Subsidary to Wireless Carriers is Wasted
    09-05-07 Consumer Advocates Adopt Telecom Resolutions
    08-08-07 Telcos Help Fight Fires
    07-11-07 Municipal Broadband Networks
    06-13-07 Joint Board Recommended Decision
    05-16-07 State Telecom Network Upgrades
    04-18-07 AT&T Proposal to Stabilize the Universal Service Fund
    03-21-07 FCC Commissioners speak up on Universal Service
    02-21-07 Government Telephone Networks
    01-24-07 Public TV Show Illustrates Telecom Convergence

    2006
    12-27-06 Video Competition
    11-29-06 Regulated Telecommunications Service
    11-01-06 Reverse Auction
    10-04-06 Project Vote Smart
    08-09-06 Access Reform
    07-12-06 House Universal Service Hearing
    06-14-06 Telecom Reform and Net Neutrality
    05-17-06 Competition vs Regulation of Telecom Services
    04-19-06 Wired Montana
    03-22-06 Intercarrier Compensation
    02-22-06 Telecom Reform-Universal Service
    01-25-06 First Amendment

    2005
    12-28-05 Year-End Wrap
    11-30-05 ETIC Telecom Panel
    11-02-05 FCC Chairman on Regulatory Parity
    10-05-05 Protective Orders and other Special Treatment
    09-07-05 Katrina
    08-10-05 ID Theft
    07-13-05 Broadband Developments
    06-15-05 State Signs E-911 Contract
    05-18-05 Telecom Choices
    04-20-05 Intercarrier Compenation
    03-23-05 Good Ideas Sometimes take a While to Bake
    02-23-05 Transmittal Status
    01-26-05 Ubiquitous Broadbent Access

    2004
    12-01-04 Busy Agenda for New Commission
    11-03-04 Day after Election Day
    10-06-04 PSC Election
    09-08-04 INP, MCC & EAS
    08-11-04 INP & ETC’s – Who Pays?
    07-13-04 Senate Farm Team
    06-16-04 The Perfect Storm
    05-19-04 FCC’s Number Portability Rules
    03-24-04 FCC Issues
    02-25-04 Distance Learning
    01-28-04 Virginia Cellular

    2003
    12-31-03 Reflections
    11-05-03 VOIP
    09-10-03 Sales Tax
    08-13-03 Western Wireless
    04-23-03 Legislative Wrap-up
    03-26-03 HB 641
    02-26-03 HB 641
    01-01-03 58th Legislature

    2002
    12-04-02 Voice Over the Internet
    11-01-02 Campaign Finance Reform
    10-09-02 Voter Turnout
    09-18-02 Rights of Way
    08-14-02 WorldCom Bankruptcy
    07-17-02 Definition of Universal Service
    05-22-02 Qwest 271 and the Public Interest
    04-25-02 State Video Conference Network
    03-27-02 Misanthropic Myopia
    02-27-02 GAO on Universal Service
    01-30-02 Privacy
    01-08-02 CLEC Forum

    2001
    12-05-01 Universal Service
    10-10-01 Support of Bob Rowe
    09-12-01 On Sept. 11 attack
    08-15-01 Broadband choices
    06-20-01 Economic Development
    05-23-01 Telco Economics
    04-25-01 Broadband deployment