What We Do

Core Activities
On the Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Formal Advocacy
NATOA is highly respected and regarded by members of Congress and the FCC as a major voice and key advisor regarding local government perspectives and the public interest.  We continuously collaborate with key legislators and FCC commissioners and staff to ensure NATOA’s voice is heard and our positions are considered.  As a trade organization, NATOA facilitates our ability to pool resources in order to make an impact in a world where the industry is able to spend exponentially more than local governments will ever be able to afford.  In addition to utilizing the talent of its members, NATOA cooperates with colleague organizations such as National League of Cities (NLC), United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), National Association of Counties (NACo), and Alliance for Community Media (ACM). 

Informed and Experienced Representation
NATOA’s board of directors, our members, and staff are highly qualified and skilled professionals who serve as key advocates for both formal and informal advocacy activities.

Conferences, Events & Awards

Annual Conference
The NATOA Annual Conference is the premier local government conference for elected and appointed officials, and professionals who share oversight over communications and cable policy and regulation, legislative review and advocacy, public rights-of-way management and compensation, wireless facilities zoning and siting, information and technology, and PEG programming.  The annual conference enables participants to review major policy and legal changes and developments, review technical advancements both in the context of using new technology to benefit local communities and in local government enforcement obligations, understand key issues, network, and conduct association business.     

Other Conferences and Networking Events
Other opportunities for networking and learning are offered by NATOA through regional and state chapter events and monthly e-NATOA webinars.  

Government Programming Awards (GPAs)
The NATOA GPA competition is the largest of its kind recognizing excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government entities.  Categories cover a variety of programming including, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’s issues.

Community Broadband Awards
In recognition of the role of local government in broadband technology, NATOA proudly honors outstanding individuals and projects that seek to improve government and public options in broadband technology. This exceptional awards program highlights some of the many extraordinary efforts going on at the local level to bring the benefits of advanced technology to American communities.

State Chapters
NATOA has a network of State and Regional Chapters whose members reflect NATOA’s mission in their home states and local communities.  NATOA assists Chapters in their networking, education, and advocacy efforts at local and state levels.