Broadband & Telecommunications

The impact of broadband networks cuts across TFG’s practice areas. From utility grid monitoring and telemedicine services to autonomous vehicles and public safety communications, broadband is the underlying infrastructure of the 21st century economy. TFG’s David Hoover has been helping clients –institutional investors, corporations, national associations and municipal governments – anticipate and navigate legislative, regulatory, and technology changes in the broadband and telecommunications sector for over 20 years. His strong connections with policymakers on Capitol Hill, the Administration, and representatives from industry, associations, and public interest groups, gives TFG access to immeasurable resources to successfully address their broadband and telecommunications issues.

Our Expertise

  • Rural broadband and economic development
  • Wireless spectrum policy
  • Smart communities
  • Digital inclusion
  • Public safety communications
  • Telecommunications tax and cable franchise issues
  • Impact of new technologies on municipal governments
  • Federal broadband and telecommunications grants and loans

Client Successes

National Association of Towns & Townships

Working closely with the sponsors of the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act – Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) – and staff from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, TFG was able to improve the legislation on behalf of its client. As a result of its advocacy, the bill now includes two separate shot clocks for permit review, giving smaller local governments more time to review small cell permit applications.

Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA)

On behalf of several utility clients including SCPPA, TFG was able to raise congressional concerns about a Federal Communications Commission rule-making impacting utility communications networks operating in the 6 GHz band. TFG spearheaded a congressional letter to FCC Chairman Pai signed by over a dozen members of Congress. The firm represented its clients in meetings on Capitol Hill and at the Commission and worked collaboratively with utility trade groups to counter advocacy efforts by proponents of the rule-making change.

Other Telecom Advocacy Efforts

Since joining TFG in December 2018, Mr. Hoover has submitted filings to federal agencies on a range of issues – from broadband mapping to cable local franchise rules – for numerous clients. He has also worked on several US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service ReConnect grants, connected clients with policy experts at a variety of federal agencies, and has closely monitored and reported on broadband and telecommunications legislation and regulations.

Our Service Areas

Advocacy

Advocacy

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Federal Funding

Federal Funding

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Legislative

Legislative

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Consulting

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Regulatory

Regulatory

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Grants

Grants

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US Congressional Calendar

28 June 2021

TFG 2021 Congressional Calendar

The Ferguson Group (TFG) compiled a 2021 Congressional Calendar with important House and Senate dates.

The Ferguson Group (TFG) compiled a 2021 Calendar with session and recess dates for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate 117th Congressional session. The calendar also includes the titles of Members of Congress in Senate and House leadership for the 117th Congress. Read more to view and download the calendar. 

Latest TFG News

24 August 2021

TFG To Present on Water Infrastructure Funding Opportunities in American Water Works Association Workshop

Leading minds behind WIFIA legislation, TFG to share information on WIFIA and SRF with public utilities in workshop presentation.

The Ferguson Group (TFG) Principal and Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Stephanie Missert, will join the American Water Works Association (AWWA) tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25th at 1:25 – 2:25 P.M. ET to virtually present “How States Make SRF and WIFIA Work”.

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Earl Stockdale

Earl Stockdale

Of Counsel and Senior Advisor

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