The Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers

Since 1983, we have been a professional organization of municipal and

county staff and officials, organizations, and technical and legal advisors

serving the citizens of Illinois through the development, regulation, and

administration of all aspects of wired and wireless broadband

communications. We are a regional chapter of the National Association of

Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).   

Illinois NATOA's scope includes cable TV, Public, Educational, and

Governmental (PEG) access programming, Right-of-Way management,

cellular telecommunications, Internet and data transmission technology, and

local fiber optic systems.  

Who We Are

Check out this video on why you should join NATOA and take your seat at the table today!

Nationally Recognized Local Government Association
Founded in 1980, NATOA offers a wide range of advocacy services to individual and agency members representing cities, towns, counties and commissions across the country.  NATOA actively analyzes and addresses emerging issues in areas such as:  

Local Government Communications and Internet Policy 
• Network neutrality
• Consumer protection
• National Broadband Plan, access, and funding
• Public safety spectrum
• Universal service
• Public rights-of way management and policies  
• Service to anchor institutions like city halls, police and fire stations, schools, libraries, universities, hospitals, county services, courts, and community centers.
• Emergency alert systems
• Local government networks, wired, wireless, fiber and coaxial

Broadband Planning Best Practices
• National Broadband Plan
• Broadband stimulus funding
• Internet technology
• Speed and access     

Cable Franchising 
• Use and management of public rights-of-way
• Franchise agreements and renewals
• Regulation of rates and service standards
• State franchising laws in lieu of local oversight
• Institutional Networks (I-Nets)

Operation of Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Channels 
• PEG programming
• PEG funding
• PEG management, training and production    

Wireless Zoning  
• Land use laws and enforcement
• Tower and other facility siting application and review
• Co-location issues on poles and other structures in the public rights-of-way
• Contracts for private use of public property and buildings
• Preventing and resolving interference
• Radio frequency emissions safety

New Technology Initiatives and Advancements 
• Strengthening your advocacy through local communications initiatives  
• Digital transition of PEG programming
• Web 2.0 and beyond     
• Social media strategies
• Use of wireless networks
• Converging technologies - impact on your laws