The unparalleled changes in telecommunications law that took place in 1996 mean new opportunities for business. To help entrepreneurs take advantage of these changes, the SBA's Office of Advocacy has begun the SBA Telecommunications Roundtable.
Open to any small business, the meetings are attended by associations and businesses involved in the telephone, cable, broadcasting, satellite and wireless industries. Members discuss industry issues and share information.
The first meeting, held last July, focused on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) "market entry barriers proceeding," which is designed to eliminate regulatory barriers hampering small businesses from competing in telecommunications markets. Subsequent meetings discussed issues such as how small businesses can make their voices heard by the FCC.
"It is more important than ever for smaller telecommunications firms to play an active role in FCC matters," says Chief Counsel for Advocacy Jere Glover, who led the meetings. "[We] hope this round table empowers small telecommunications companies to enter and compete in the new markets."
Meetings generally take place in Washington, DC. For information, contact David Zesiger at the Office of Advocacy, 409 Third St. S.W., 7th Fl., Washington, DC 20416, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be placed on a fax list to receive notice of upcoming meetings, fax your name, business address, and telephone and fax numbers to Zesiger at (202) 205-6928. --Philip Lader