State & Federal Government Agencies

In our industry we have the privilege of working with a number of state and federal government agencies, industry associations, and other organizations and institutions which have shaped the telecommunications industry of today. Please take a moment to learn more about each of these entities.

Federal Communications Commission

The mission of this independent government agency is to encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. In response to direction from the Congress, the FCC develops and implements policy concerning intrastate & interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.

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ITA Showcase Northwest

The ITA Showcase membership is made up of vendors or suppliers to the telecommunications industry who belong to the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association or the Oregon Telecommunications Association. Each year they sponsor a trade show, including exhibits and seminars, to benefit the member companies of these two associations.

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NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association is the unification of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). The two organizations serve rural telecommunications companies nationwide.  They are both dedicated to advancing telecomunications services in rural communities to ensure all consumers have access to the services and connections needed to participate in the global economy.

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National Exchange Carrier Association

Formed in 1983 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a not-for-profit membership corporation, NECA plays an important role in administering the FCC’s access charge plan — a plan that helps ensure that telephone service remains available and affordable in all parts of the country. Directly and through its subsidiaries, NECA also administers a number of other significant federal & state programs, each designed to keep the United States telecommunications system the most widely used in the world. Washington Watch is a publication of the NECA Washington, DC office.

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The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, is a non-profit organization founded in 1889. Within its membership are the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Specifically, NARUC’s member agencies regulate the activities of telecommunications, energy, water and solid waste/recycling, and utilities.

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Oregon Telecommunications Association

The Oregon Telecommunications Association believes a modular, market driven approach to developing the communications network infrastructure will provide Oregonians access to a competitive array of communications and information products and services, offered at a reasonable price. Wide deployment of this infrastructure will enhance the economic development of Oregon, creating new jobs and opportunities throughout the state.

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State of Washington Enhanced 9-1-1 Office

The E911 Unit coordinates and assists local governments’ implementation of the E911 systems which identify the address and phone number of every emergency call. The Unit also provides technical assistance on the acquisition and installation of equipment and linking both public and private telephone systems to the E911 system.

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USTelecom is America’s broadband association for the local exchange carrier industry in the United States.

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Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

The WUTC regulates any entity owning, operating or managing facilities used to provide telecommunications services for hire, sale or resale to the general public within the state of Washington. This includes companies providing local service and those providing long distance service between two points within the state.

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Western Telecommunications Alliance

The Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) unites a diverse industry in the western states for the purpose of advocating the telecom interests of rural Americans before federal and state regulators and the United States Congress. This is necessary to ensure affordable and quality telecommunications services for all rural Americans.

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Area Code Locations

Area code locations is a useful guide for providing locations + area code maps for each area code in North America.

WTA also provides a gathering place for member education and interchange of information with the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a lending arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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