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CONGRESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT Congressman Robert "Bob" Latta (R-OH-5) C ongressman Robert "Bob" Latta (R-OH-5) is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Latta serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction over legislative matters, including telecommunications issues, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Congressman Latta is a founding co-chairman of the bipartisan Rural Telecom Working Group. Steven K. Berry (CCA): Congratulations on your work co-founding the bipartisan Rural Telecom Working Group, where you serve as one of the co-chairs. What are your goals for the working group in the coming year? Rep. Latta: I represent Ohio's Fifth District, which encompasses both rural and suburban areas in Northwest and West Central Ohio. It is a privilege to serve as Co-Chair of the Rural Telecom Working Group because it provides an opportunity to work with other Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a bipartisan fashion to highlight and call attention to telecommunications issues that are uniquely impacting the rural areas we represent. My goal this year is to continue examining those issues affecting rural America, including access to broadband, spectrum availability, the development of the nationwide public safety broadband network, rural call completion, and any rural-specific considerations Members should account for as we approach an update to the Communications Act in the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. CCA: Everyone is talking about the upcoming incentive auction. What are your top priorities for the incentive auction? Rep. Latta: My priority for the spectrum incentive auctions is to ensure that the auctions are carried out in a manner that fulfills Congress' intent of the law. In that vein, a successful auction will be determined by whether its design encourages the maximum amount of participation from both the broadcaster and broadband industries; how much revenue is generated to fund the buildout of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network; and whether the auctions create significant proceeds for the U.S. Treasury and contribute towards reducing the deficit. CCA: The Committee has recently announced a series of hearings and white papers focused on updating the Telecommunications Act. Do you have any initial thoughts to share as we begin this process? Rep. Latta: I commend Chairmen Upton and Walden for their leadership in launching this effort to update the Communications Act. This is a timely undertaking that is not only important for the future of the communications industry, but to the growth and prosperity of the U.S. economy at large. As we examine the Act and hear from various stakeholders about what reforms should be considered, any steps we take to modernize the law should be dedicated to ensuring that we do not stifle current and future investment, innovation, economic growth, and consumer choice in this dynamic and converging digital age of communications. CCA: How have you seen mobile broadband benefit your district? Rep Latta: As the deployment of mobile broadband continues throughout the Fifth District, my constituents are gaining access to the Internet and are empowered to take advantage of all the resources it has to offer. With access to mobile broadband, Fifth District Ohioans have the opportunity to take part in various aspects of our economy that are moving to broadband-supported platforms. For example, in education, mobile broadband enables access to distance learning courses and free online educational classes. In the health care field, it enables immediate access to health care providers who can deliver real-time, visual consultations to patients through electronic devices and recommend instantaneous treatment options. Mobile broadband is also generating greater access to career opportunities and professional training programs that will help people enhance their job skills and remain competitive in the workforce. Simply, mobile broadband has been a vitally important resource and is enabling rural communities in my district to be fully engaged in and a part of the burgeoning Internet economy. THE VOICE * * Spring/Summer 2014 69

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2014

Chairman’s Letter by Jonathan Foxman
A Message from the President and CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2013 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Staying Ahead of “The Next Big Thing”
Near Tragedy in Nevada Demonstrates Need for Rural Investment
Competition – The Foundation for a Healthy Industry
Putting the “Incentive” in Incentive Auction
Beat ’Em or Join ’Em: Data Roaming in a 4G LTE World
2014: The Year of Small Cell Deployment
Band Class 12 – Beyond Broadband
Chat Mobility Utilizes Multi-Faceted Plan to Attract & Retain Customers
Blurred Lines: Reinventing in the Rural Market
Regional Carrier Bridges Digital Divide with Massive Network Upgrade
Wireless Challenges and Solutions for Competitive Carriers
Expanding America’s Wireless Networks: It Takes a Village
Lead with Location
Giving Your Customer Their Preferred Choices in Billing: Paper, Electronic, and Mobile
Monetizing Data Demand with Personalized Services
Making Sure Long-Distance Calls Reach Rural Subscribers
Mobility Growth with Emerging Devices
Mobile Broadband and the Rise of Mobile Security Challenges
On the Verge: Fulfilling 4G-LTE Consumer Demand in America
Transform Your Business by Making It Simpler
Lessons Learned on the Road to LTE
Let’s Get Personal
Even If the Voice Packets Make It, Does the Lack of Quality Ruin It?
Our Connected World: The Necessity of NFV for Telcos
Ten Hot Consumer Trends in 2014 and Beyond
Gain Your Edge: Effective Edge Out Strategies with 4G LTE
Reaching Consumer Demand Through Marketing in the Rural Driven Markets
Tips for Improving the Customer Experience
Creating a Super High-Capacity Network in Rural America
Your Competitors Are Coming for Your Customers
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Representative Robert “Bob” Latta

The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2014