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.
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 telecommunications services in rural communities to ensure all consumers have access to the services and connections needed to participate in the global economy.
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.
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.