Originally published: October 7, 2013
Last updated: October 16, 2013 - 4:40pm
We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing the communications industry. The convergence of increased computing power and Internet Protocol is transforming traditional services like cable and voice into Internet applications and enabling a revolution in mobile communications.
As computing power and storage capacity increase, and become less expensive, the pace of change will likely accelerate. These advances have the potential to lead to increased consumer choice and better, more innovative services across a variety of platforms. They will also help local communities provide better services to their residents in more efficient and cost effective ways. With these issues in mind, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) has developed our Blueprint for Localism in Communications. This paper articulates a strong local role for communities in an all Internet Protocol (IP) environment. We urge our members to read it and stay engaged and others to become part of the NATOA family so that we can have a stronger voice as the future of IP and communications policy evolves in our legislatures and at the Federal Communications Commission.