NATOA Forms Committee

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In order to eliminate disputes across the country between telecommunications
companies and local regulatory authorities, the National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors will form an Industry Advisory Council
comprised of executives from both sides.

Early issues to be tackled by the committee, according to NATOA, will be
customer-service standards, pole-attachment agreements and the management of the
public rights of way.

'We are excited about this great opportunity to facilitate solutions to
industry versus government problems, or at least to better educate both groups
on the most critical aspects of those problems,' said NATOA president Ron
Mallard, director of the Department of Telecommunications & Consumer
Services for Fairfax County, Va.

Any company that provides video, voice or data services via a wired or
unwired network can seek membership in the advisory council. The board of
directors of NATOA will approve membership.

NATOA members will provide details on the committee during a conference call
Sept. 10.

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