Coalition Asks Congress for Support for Communications Workforce Development
Thursday, August 13, 2020 | Comments

A coalition of communications industry organizations, whose members depend on a properly trained and highly skilled workforce, sent a letter to key congressional leaders in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives requesting support for industry-specific workforce development programs through stand-alone legislation or as part of a larger telecommunications/broadband infrastructure package.

The coalition sent the letter to the chairman/chairwoman and the ranking member of the House and Senate Commerce Committees and their respective communications subcommittees, as well as the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate Labor Committees and their respective subcommittees with jurisdiction over workforce issues. Organizations that signed on to the letter included the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), CTIA, the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

“NATE is pleased to join our communications industry colleagues in reaffirming the critical importance of ensuring that we have enough properly trained and qualified workers to handle the enormous amount of work that the telecom industry will be undertaking,” said Jim Goldwater, NATE director of legislative and regulatory affairs.

Find the letter to the Senate Commerce Committee here, and the letter to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee here.

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