NATOA NATOA is a professional association made up of individuals and organizations responsible for - or advising those responsible for - communications policies and services in local governments throughout the country.

NATOA is the premier local government professional association that provides support to our members on the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments. Founded in 1980, we offer a wide range of advocacy services to individual and agency members representing cities, towns, counties

NATOA is the premier local government professional association that provides support to our members on the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments. Founded in 1980, we offer a wide range of advocacy services to individual and agency members representing cities, towns, counties

06/28/2021

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by local governments, which means the Court will not consider an appeal from the 9th Circuit’s decision upholding portions of the FCC’s 2018 Declaratory Ruling related to small wireless facilities deployed in the rights of way. On behalf of NATOA, General Counsel Nancy Werner noted, "While we continue to believe the FCC got it wrong in its 2018 small cell orders and would have liked the Supreme Court to review them, our collective focus needs to be on ensuring every household and business has access to affordable, reliable and truly high speed broadband services. In the nearly three years since the FCC issued these orders, that need has only grown more urgent and unfortunately these orders have not moved the needle. NATOA and its members will continue to use the tools we have to push for real, community-focused solutions to the digital divide."

Virtual Storytelling Workshop tomorrow from 1 - 4 PM EDT featuring award-winning Film and Television Director, Cinematog...
06/22/2021

Virtual Storytelling Workshop tomorrow from 1 - 4 PM EDT featuring award-winning Film and Television Director, Cinematographer and Videographer Mark Jacobs. Interact with Mark live, online as he shares his formula for creative storytelling with you in this extraordinary, 3-hour webinar.
https://www.natoa.org/events/storytelling-workshop-with-mark-jacobs

Virtual Storytelling Workshop tomorrow from 1 - 4 PM EDT featuring award-winning Film and Television Director, Cinematographer and Videographer Mark Jacobs. Interact with Mark live, online as he shares his formula for creative storytelling with you in this extraordinary, 3-hour webinar.
https://www.natoa.org/events/storytelling-workshop-with-mark-jacobs

NATOA supports the bipartisan Digital Equity Act of 2021, to help ensure students, families, and workers have the inform...
06/15/2021

NATOA supports the bipartisan Digital Equity Act of 2021, to help ensure students, families, and workers have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in society.
https://www.natoa.org/news/natoa-supports-reintroduction-of-the-digital-equity-act

NATOA supports the bipartisan Digital Equity Act of 2021, to help ensure students, families, and workers have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in society.
https://www.natoa.org/news/natoa-supports-reintroduction-of-the-digital-equity-act

Will your jurisdiction be one of our 2021 champions in broadband and technology? So much has been done over the last yea...
06/03/2021

Will your jurisdiction be one of our 2021 champions in broadband and technology? So much has been done over the last year to further broadband availability, access and digital equity. Show us what you've got, enter our Community Broadband & Digital Equity awards today! Deadline is 6/30, there is no fee to enter. What do you have to lose? https://www.natoa.org/broadband-and-digital-equity

Will your jurisdiction be one of our 2021 champions in broadband and technology? So much has been done over the last year to further broadband availability, access and digital equity. Show us what you've got, enter our Community Broadband & Digital Equity awards today! Deadline is 6/30, there is no fee to enter. What do you have to lose? https://www.natoa.org/broadband-and-digital-equity

Nominations are OPEN for the 2021 Community Broadband & Digital Equity Awards, celebrating champions of local interests ...
05/28/2021
Broadband & Digital Equity - NATOA

Nominations are OPEN for the 2021 Community Broadband & Digital Equity Awards, celebrating champions of local interests and needs in broadband and technology across the country. Nominate a deserving community or project today. Bonus: there is no nomination fee!

Welcome to our new site! To get started, click login on the top right and follow the steps to reset your password. Once you've logged in, check out our new Member Compass and update your profile. We hope you enjoy!

04/28/2021

It's the last week to submit GPA entries! Did you know that we have special COVID-dedicated categories this year to showcase the amazing efforts of our members during the pandemic? Check out our "New and Notable" and don't miss your opportunity to receive national recognition for your programming.
https://www.natoa.org/government-programming

We have a great speaker line-up for today's webinar. We're looking forward to sharing creative ways for PEG channels to ...
04/19/2021

We have a great speaker line-up for today's webinar. We're looking forward to sharing creative ways for PEG channels to become Digital Navigators for their communities.

We have a great speaker line-up for today's webinar. We're looking forward to sharing creative ways for PEG channels to become Digital Navigators for their communities.

Speakers just announced for our 4/19 webinar, register today: https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa-webinar-peg-facilities...
04/09/2021

Speakers just announced for our 4/19 webinar, register today: https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa-webinar-peg-facilities.
Panel: Edgar Riebe, Seattle Public Schools Television; Doug Gray, Austin Public; and Sabrina Roach, National Digital Inclusion Alliance.

Speakers just announced for our 4/19 webinar, register today: https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa-webinar-peg-facilities.
Panel: Edgar Riebe, Seattle Public Schools Television; Doug Gray, Austin Public; and Sabrina Roach, National Digital Inclusion Alliance.

04/07/2021

Don't miss today's Policy call at 3 PM Eastern. We will be discussing threats to local government rights at the FCC, in the Courts and on the Hill and what you can do to take action.

Our GPA Call for Entries is now open. Featuring new COVID-related programming categories and an entry fee scholarship fo...
04/01/2021

Our GPA Call for Entries is now open. Featuring new COVID-related programming categories and an entry fee scholarship for those that have faced significant budget impacts this past year. Call for Entries deadline is April 30th, we can't wait to showcase our amazing programmers during this year's Annual Conference.

Our GPA Call for Entries is now open. Featuring new COVID-related programming categories and an entry fee scholarship for those that have faced significant budget impacts this past year. Call for Entries deadline is April 30th, we can't wait to showcase our amazing programmers during this year's Annual Conference.

Congrats to QCTV on 40 years of award-winning productions and community partnerships!
03/30/2021

Congrats to QCTV on 40 years of award-winning productions and community partnerships!

Congrats to QCTV on 40 years of award-winning productions and community partnerships!

03/26/2021

Have you been to our new website? Check it out, get the latest news, update your profile, add your photo/bio and connect with colleagues.
https://www.natoa.org/

Just Released: NATOA Report Spotlights Small Cell Preemption’s Financial Burden on Cities, Interruption to Digital Equit...
03/22/2021

Just Released: NATOA Report Spotlights Small Cell Preemption’s Financial Burden on Cities, Interruption to Digital Equity Initiatives

https://www.natoa.org/news/natoa-report-highlights-small-cell-preemptions-cost-and-harm-to-cities-widening-digital-divide

Just Released: NATOA Report Spotlights Small Cell Preemption’s Financial Burden on Cities, Interruption to Digital Equity Initiatives

https://www.natoa.org/news/natoa-report-highlights-small-cell-preemptions-cost-and-harm-to-cities-widening-digital-divide

Did you produce outstanding programming during the pandemic? The 2021 GPA Call for Entries will open soon with a host of...
03/18/2021

Did you produce outstanding programming during the pandemic? The 2021 GPA Call for Entries will open soon with a host of new COVID-related categories. Get nationwide peer recognition... and a really cool award to accent your home/office.
https://www.natoa.org/government-programming

Did you produce outstanding programming during the pandemic? The 2021 GPA Call for Entries will open soon with a host of new COVID-related categories. Get nationwide peer recognition... and a really cool award to accent your home/office.
https://www.natoa.org/government-programming

To good health, good luck and happiness.
03/17/2021

To good health, good luck and happiness.

To good health, good luck and happiness.

Don't miss our 3/22 free webinar on the harmful effects of small cell preemption on local govs. We're putting the finish...
03/16/2021

Don't miss our 3/22 free webinar on the harmful effects of small cell preemption on local govs. We're putting the finishing touches on this important study and look forward to sharing the results with you. https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa.html to register.

Don't miss our 3/22 free webinar on the harmful effects of small cell preemption on local govs. We're putting the finishing touches on this important study and look forward to sharing the results with you. https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa.html to register.

Great webinar today on audience engagement with a ton of real-world tips. Missed it? Reach out to purchase the recording...
03/15/2021

Great webinar today on audience engagement with a ton of real-world tips. Missed it? Reach out to purchase the recording to listen on-demand.

Great webinar today on audience engagement with a ton of real-world tips. Missed it? Reach out to purchase the recording to listen on-demand.

We've been busy Q1 working on the best ways to serve our members and local governments across the country. We have a big...
03/10/2021

We've been busy Q1 working on the best ways to serve our members and local governments across the country. We have a big announcement coming later this month!

We've been busy Q1 working on the best ways to serve our members and local governments across the country. We have a big announcement coming later this month!

Registration is open for #NATOA21 Sept 21-23 coming to a device near you. Save $50 when you register early. No travel ha...
03/05/2021

Registration is open for #NATOA21 Sept 21-23 coming to a device near you. Save $50 when you register early. No travel hassles, hotel expenses or safety concerns. Just hot-topic professional development live and on-demand. "See" you there and thank you sponsors!

Registration is open for #NATOA21 Sept 21-23 coming to a device near you. Save $50 when you register early. No travel hassles, hotel expenses or safety concerns. Just hot-topic professional development live and on-demand. "See" you there and thank you sponsors!

We will discuss on today's policy call but sign-up below to receive the latest EBB Program updates.
03/03/2021
Emergency Broadband Benefit

We will discuss on today's policy call but sign-up below to receive the latest EBB Program updates.

Congress has tasked the FCC with developing a new $3.2 billion program to help U.S. households that are struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To pa...

There's always a hefty agenda on our local government policy & legal committee calls. Join us on the call tomorrow to le...
03/02/2021

There's always a hefty agenda on our local government policy & legal committee calls. Join us on the call tomorrow to learn about Court, Hill and FCC issues impacting local governments across the country. Learn how to protect your assets and your rights.

There's always a hefty agenda on our local government policy & legal committee calls. Join us on the call tomorrow to learn about Court, Hill and FCC issues impacting local governments across the country. Learn how to protect your assets and your rights.

03/01/2021

Happy Monday! Reminder that we have two educational webinars this month and the 3/22 report is FREE to all:
March 15th: Audience Engagement in a COVID World (regular registration rates apply)
March 22nd: How Preemption Impacts Local Governments, the Rights-of-Way and the Public Interest - New Report from NATOA (FREE to all)
"See" you there!

02/25/2021

We're growing our Community Broadband/Digital Equity committee, join us! Reach out to NATOA today to join the listserv and tomorrow's meeting.

02/03/2021
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Today's Policy call will cover the Wireline Competition Bureau's Public Notice seeking comment on multiple petitions for emergency relief asking the FCC to permit the use of E-Rate program funds to support remote learning during the pandemic. Comments are due on or before 2/16 and Reply Comment are due on or before 2/23. Join us today for more info.

What do you want to learn at #NATOA21 this fall? We would love to hear from you as we're planning content for this year'...
01/14/2021
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What do you want to learn at #NATOA21 this fall? We would love to hear from you as we're planning content for this year's event.

Dealing with ROW issues? Join our newest subcommittee on Rights of Way starting in February. Open to all NATOA local gov...
01/06/2021

Dealing with ROW issues? Join our newest subcommittee on Rights of Way starting in February. Open to all NATOA local govt. members, [email protected] for more information. In the meantime, get ready for an informative Policy & Legal Committee call today at 3 PM Eastern. Congress is in session!

Happy 2021! We're diving in to the topics that matter most to you. On 1/25, learn how to negotiate wireless facilities o...
01/05/2021

Happy 2021! We're diving in to the topics that matter most to you. On 1/25, learn how to negotiate wireless facilities on your real estate with our eNATOA "The Local Landlord." Our experts will explore how to structure agreements, negotiate compensation and update codes. Only $50 for NATOA members, register today.
There's still time to buy a webinar package and save up to 20%. https://www.natoa.org/events/enatoa.html

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We have a NewTek TC1 for our Studio and Council Meetings. What system do you currently or planning to upgrade in the next 6 months? Thanks
Hello, please attach a membership renewal form for me. I need to renew our Media manager's membership, Alvaro Calabia. Thank you.
mapenz yasiyo kuwa na uvumilivu ndan yake hayana maisha malefu kw sababu bnadam ni kiumbe mwenye kukosea
Dear NATOA colleagues: See you all in my home town this August. Here's the menu!
So, do local franchising authorities have any ability to push back regarding network neutrality?
All about drones in government service (safety and PEG). Packed hall.