Message from Dave Koren, Executive Director,

OCTA – Ohio's Broadband and Cable Association 

Welcome to March's edition of The OCTA Connection, the monthly newsletter from OCTA – Ohio's Broadband and Cable Association.

We are happy to bring the latest in broadband news to your inbox each month and hope that you find this newsletter informative and insightful. Read on to see updates from OCTA members, important industry news and announcements from our national partner, NCTA.

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BroadbandOhio 2024 Community Accelerator Program Application Period is Open

The 2024 BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator Program is now open. The Community Accelerator Program, which BroadbandOhio conducts in collaboration with The Ohio State University Office of Extension, is a 10 week intensive educational program designed to empower local communities with the knowledge and resources they need to leverage historic Federal and State broadband infrastructure grant funding.

The 10 week course will cover such topics as:


  • Broadband 101
  • Community Needs Assessments & Surveys
  • Feasibility Studies, Lifecycles of Broadband Projects
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Ownership & Partnership Models
  • State & Federal Funding Opportunities
  • Community Outreach & Engagement
  • Workforce Development and Education


With the end goal being for each team to produce, with the assistance of BroadbandOhio and OSU Extension, a community strategic plan for the implementation of broadband infrastructure. The program overview and application is attached to this email and interested teams are encouraged to apply by the deadline of April 1st, 2024. Applications, questions, or interested individuals who would like help forming a team, can email

Reminder: ORBEG Round 2 Challenge Deadline is April 19

The Round 2 ORBEG addresses have been posted by BroadbandOhio. All challenges must be submitted to BroadbandOhio by Friday, April 19. More details about the ORBEG Round 2 process can be found here.

FCC: FCC Requests Information on Private-Led Tracebacks by 5/1

The Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) was signed into law on December 30, 2019.1 Congress required the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) to issue a public notice annually to seek comment on private-led efforts to trace back the source of suspected unlawful robocalls and to issue an annual report on the status of such efforts and the participation of voice service providers in such efforts.2 The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) requests voice service providers and the registered consortium, USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group (Traceback Group), to submit information concerning privateled efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls necessary for the Commission’s annual report.

The reporting period for this request is from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. Submissions are due by May 1, 2024.Read More

FCC: Starks Urges Action on ACP

Commmissioner Starks issued the following statement about the event:

“I was thrilled to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Congresswoman Clarke to raise awareness of the urgent need to refund the Affordable Connectivity Program and to support the Affordable Connectivity Plan Extension Act. Over the past month, I’ve hit the road to meet and learn from ACP participants in Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, and now New York. At every stop, I hear about how ACP has changed lives for the better by helping Americans start a business, access better health care, stay connected with friends, family, and faith, and keep our young folks engaged in school and on top of their homework. These families also continue to share stories about the impossible challenges they will face if we allow their ACP benefits to lapse due to inaction. And for every story I hear, you can bet there are thousands more just like them all across the country. Over 23 million American households stand on the precipice of losing access to a vital program. We must act now to refund ACP. Read More

Building A Spectrum Policy for All

Federal policymakers at NTIA are poised to release a plan to implement the National Spectrum Strategy to open certain spectrum bands for commercial use while balancing national security and other important federal operations. The task before NTIA is challenging, but certain things are clear: innovative uses of spectrum have unlocked new opportunities for consumers and are disrupting the wireless marketplace.

Cable providers are part of that new ecosystem of innovation and competition. Building on widely deployed next-generation broadband networks, cable providers are increasingly delivering ultrafast connections to homes and businesses with gigabit Wi-Fi and providing meaningful and growing competition to consumers’ mobile offerings.

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Light Reading: The death of ACP could cut $4B out of telecom industry

According to a new report from the financial analysts at New Street Research, the US telecom industry stands to lose roughly $4 billion in market value – and $1.1 billion in revenues – if the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) ends.

New Street said it based its latest calculation on its own survey of over 1,000 ACP recipients as well as data from Recon Analytics, the FCC and the Benton Institute, plus commentary from companies in the ACP program and historical data obtained during the pandemic. Read More

Fierce Telecom: Municipalities Can Apply for BEAD ply for B

In spite of all the public broadband haters, municipalities will be allowed to vie for money from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. Whether they'll win BEAD grants or even bother trying, however, is still anyone's guess. Read More

Broadband Breakfast: Broadband Providers Oppose Another Petition to Change FCC Pole Rules

Broadband providers and trade groups are opposing another utility company petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to remove a provision in its updated pole attachment rules that requires pole owners to provide their most recent inspection reports to prospective attachers. Read More

Fierce Telecom: FCC cranks fixed broadband standard up a notch

After nearly a decade, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally raising the bar with a new definition for broadband of 100/20 Mbps. The upgraded definition for fixed broadband service could influence billions in federal and state broadband funding and might stir up more debate around "tech neutrality,” according to some experts.

Under the Telecommunications Act, Congress requires the FCC to regularly assess and report on broadband deployment. The new 100/20 standard was among several changes included in the Commission's first report in three years, and marks a substantial departure from its old benchmark of 25/3 Mbps, set in 2015. Read More

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ACP Has Been Transformational for America

Unless Congress acts, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is set to run out of funds by May. When that happens, millions of Americans could lose their internet access and access to critical services like healthcare, education, and job opportunities. Statement Continues

Lower Prices, More Choices: How American Consumers Benefit From the Competitive and Innovative Broadband Marketplace

In his State of the Union address to the nation tonight, President Biden will acknowledge that Americans are facing inflationary pressures when it comes to groceries, energy bills, and rent costs.

One household staple, however, has notably bucked this trend: home internet service. Adjusted for inflation, consumers paid 7.8% less for broadband services in January than three years ago. Read More

Here’s What It Will Take to Achieve “Internet for All”

While details of President Biden’s State of the Union address are being closely guarded, we can expect infrastructure, including our nation’s broadband networks, to play a starring role.

There’s no doubt that we have already made, and continue to make, significant strides to close the country’s digital divide. Forty million new U.S. homes subscribed to broadband between 2016 and 2021. 89% of American homes and businesses now have access to gigabit-speed service and 95% of U.S. customers have multiple choices for wired or wireless broadband. Read More

Industry Stats: Women Advancing in the Workforce

March is Women’s History Month, and while the cable industry celebrates and supports women year-round, the month provides an opportunity to check in on how well the workforce actually stacks up. Every few years, WICT commissions the PAR Survey, an analysis of representation in the cable industry workforce across all levels and all segments. While the 2024 report has yet to be released, the most recent report shows gains for women in the cable workforce, notably during a time (2019-2021) when employment was upended for millions as the coronavirus pandemic brought unprecedented uncertainty into labor markets. Read More

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In 1966 a group of cable pioneers banded together, forming a new association to represent them before the Ohio General Assembly. For more than five decades, OCTA - Ohio's Broadband & Cable Association has built a strong record of success in the legislative and regulatory arenas.

Today, our members look to the OCTA with confidence in its ability to represent the industry before the Ohio legislature, PUCO, Congress, and the Courts.