National Cable and Telecommunications Association Incurred $4.57 million to lobby in Q1


As per its quarterly disclosure report, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association spent $4.57 million in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on cybersecurity legislation, online taxation, Internet privacy proposals and other matters.

NCTA is the cable industry’s leading trade group. Michael Powell, who is also the former head of the Federal Communications Commission, leads NCTA. Its members include Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable.

Against its first-quarter spending it had incurred $3.92 million on lobbying in last year’s first quarter and $5.86 million in the fourth quarter.

Apart from this the other issues that the trade group lobbied on in the first quarter of the year includes federal effort to free the wireless spectrum for mobile broadband services and Congressional measures to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s new network neutrality rules, which forbids cable and phone companies from intervening with Internet traffic on their broadband networks.

As per a disclosure form filed with the House clerk’s office on April 15, this group lobbied Congress, the FCC, the Commerce Department and other government agencies in the first quarter.

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