National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) is a professional membership association that provides support to 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, NATOA offers a wide range of advocacy services to individual and agency members representing cities, towns, counties and commissions across the country. NATOA has a headquarters office in Alexandria, VA, and is served by a twelve member volunteer Board of Directors composed of members from across the country.
Originally named the Association of Cable Regulators, NATOA formed in 1980 as an affiliated association with the National League of Cities (NLC), before eventually became an independent association shortly thereafter. NATOA’s knowledge and understanding of how federal communications policies impact local governments and the citizens we represent have resulted in our ability to have direct influence on legislation, regulations, and policy development.
Membership & Chapters
NATOA represents local governments across the country. Members include cities, counties, towns, villages and commissions. NATOA also has regional chapters that are affiliated with the national NATOA organization. Chapters include:
CAPATOA – National Capital Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors
CCUA – Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance
HITOA - Hawaii
ILNATOA - Illinois
JAG - Jersey Access Group
KATOA - Kentucky
MI-NATOA - Michigan
MACTA - Minnesota
OATOA - Oregon
SCAN-NATOA - States of California & Nevada
SEATOA - Southeast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
TATOA - Texas
VATOA - Virginia
WATOA - Washington
NATOA hosts an Annual Conference each year, providing members the opportunity to gather and learn from the best in the field. The conference features an exhibit tradeshow, educational workshops, networking opportunities, roundtable discussions, and presentation of the winners of the Government Programming Awards (GPAs) and the Community Broadband & Digital Equity Awards.
The Government Programming Awards (GPAs) are annual awards that recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. Categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’ s issues. Celebrating over 30 years of programming excellence, the GPA’s celebrate the achievements of government programmers across the nation.
Launched in 2007, the Community Broadband & Digital Equity Awards recognize exceptional leaders in government, business and the community are serving as champions of local interests and needs in broadband and technology. Winners are announced annually and recognized during the Annual Conference.
NATOA offers additional educational opportunities through its eNATOA series, low-cost monthly webinars on various topics of interest to members.
NATOA also publishes an electronic newsletter eN-Light, and hosts list serve forums offering membership the opportunity to easily communicate with fellow members across the country.
- Cable television in the United States
- Public-access television
- Educational-access television
- Government-access television
- List of public-access TV stations in the United States
- "Government Programming Awards". www.natoa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
- Official web site. NATOA Website
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