NYSTA represents New York's Telecommunications Industry along with the equipment and service companies that assist them.
NYSTA provides its members with a strong and respected voice in the state capital, numerous venues for membership interaction, plus communications and educational programs that increase the knowledge of issues critical to individual and collective success.
NYSTA Announces New President
Craig J. Miller has been named NYSTA’s new President to replace Robert Puckett, who has retired after 34 years of service to the organization, the last 21 years as President. Craig joins NYSTA effective January 3, 2022
Formerly with New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), Craig has extensive experience in lobbying, legislative affairs, government relations, crisis communications, and strategic public policy with nearly thirty years of service. For the past eight years, Craig served as State Manager of State Government Affairs for NYSEG and RG&E. Prior to NYSEG and RG&E, he was responsible for leading the lobbying and legislative activities in New York State for Frontier Communications. Craig also spent nearly 20 years in the New York State Senate, including as Chief of Staff to former New York State Senator Dale M. Volker. A graduate of Syracuse University, with a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, with a focus on International Relations, he and his wife Julie reside in Delmar, New York with their two sons.
Congressperson Raises Concerns On State DOT Fiber Optic Fee
After leading the nation in adopting policies that support Broadband deployment with its New NY Broadband Grant Program, NY reversed course in 2019 with the adoption of a new Right of Way fee (think tax) for placing fiber optic cable along State roads. Revenues to be generated by the fee have been estimated as high as $1 billion. Along with the new fee, DOT also now requires Fiber Optic providers to complete ROW boundary line surveys at a cost of $5,000-$10,000 per mile. No other utilities operating in the ROW’s are subject to the new tax or survey requirements. As noted by several upstate legislators in 2020, “[t]his fee does nothing more than disincentivize the expansion of rural broadband and is nothing more than a roadblock for rural broadband expansion.”
Now, U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, from the 21st Congressional District, has called for FCC action against the policy calling it a barrier to closing the digital divide as well as being discriminatory and contrary to federal law (Link). NYSTA applauds the action taken by Congresswoman Stefanik for her recognition of the harm New York’s Fiber Tax is having on closing the digital divide and ultimately the harm this will cause to New Yorkers seeking expanded broadband access.
NYSTA 100th Annual Conference One For the Record Books
What began with the first NYSTA Annual Conference held in Albany in 1922 reached the 100 year milestone recently at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs. While, the number of companies represented was down from the original thousand telecom companies serving individual villages and towns back in 1922, the industry was well represented.
The program addressed a variety of subjects, including both state and federal regulatory and legislative updates, 5G technology, Quantum computing, and the many amazing things being accomplished with Drone technology. Participants also heard the amazing story of Alan Mallory and his family’s adventure in climbing Mt. Everest and how lessons learned apply equally in the business world.
Special guests included Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association and Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO of US TELCOM -The Broadband Association, who provided updates on the many federal activities addressing voice and broadband services and the challenges that lie ahead for the industry.
October 13, 2021
NYSTA Seeks New Leader
Due to the planned retirement of NYSTA’s President, the association is seeking qualified applicants to lead the organization as it embarks on its second century of representing the communication industry in New York. For more information, click here.
NYSTA Members Verizon and Empire Access rated "Top Performers"
PCMAG.Com has released its annual list of top performers in the country when it comes to Broadband speeds. First place for the major providers went to Verizon’s FIOS, which according to the magazine “always stands out in our tests” , having won nine times in the past decade. For the smaller providers, the top pick in the country goes to New York’s Empire Access. Follow the link for the full article. https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-fastest-isps-of-2021