Who We Are

Nationally Recognized Local Government Association
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (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 and commissions across the country.  NATOA actively analyzes and addresses emerging issues in areas such as:  

Local Government Communications and Internet Policy
• Network neutrality
• Consumer protection
• National Broadband Plan, access, and funding
• Public safety spectrum
• Universal service
• Public rights-of way management and policies  
• Service to anchor institutions like city halls, police and fire stations, schools, libraries, universities, hospitals, county services, courts, and community centers.
• Emergency alert systems
• Local government networks, wired, wireless, fiber and coaxial

Broadband Planning Best Practices
• National Broadband Plan
• Broadband stimulus funding
• Internet technology
• Speed and access     

Cable Franchising
• Use and management of public rights-of-way
• Franchise agreements and renewals
• Regulation of rates and service standards
• State franchising laws in lieu of local oversight
• Institutional Networks (I-Nets)
Wireless Zoning  
• Land use laws and enforcement
• Tower and other facility siting application and review
• Co-location issues on poles and other structures in the public rights-of-way
• Contracts for private use of public property and buildings
• Preventing and resolving interference
• Radio frequency emissions safety

New Technology Initiatives and Advancements
• Strengthening your advocacy through local communications initiatives  
• Digital transition of PEG programming
• Web 2.0 and beyond     
• Social media strategies
• Use of wireless networks
• Converging technologies - impact on your laws

Operation of Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Channels
• PEG programming
• PEG funding
• PEG management, training and production