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On Episode 9 of The NEDAS Live! Podcast, Ilissa Miller, President of NEDAS, CEO of iMiller Public Relations and co-founder of the IND-DCA; and Steve Yapsuga, Co-Chair of the NEDAS Advisory Council and North American Director of Sales for Comba Telecom, sat down to chat with Jonathan Adelstein. Jonathan is the President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), a group that represents nearly 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. Jonathan has also served as FCC Commissioner and as a U.S. Senate legislative aide.

As a jumping off point for this episode’s discussion, Steve asks Jonathan to take the listeners back to his days with the Senate and as Commissioner in the early 2000’s. In terms of the ease in making communications progress, Jonathan begins by stating that things are a lot more polarized in Washington D.C. than they were 20 years ago. While communications is more of a bipartisan issue than others, it still is affected by changes in politics. Jonathan states, “On the hill, it’s really hard to get anything passed…but Congress is still getting things done.” For instance, he references the Mobile Now act, which provides a lot of opportunity for broadband investment. He also notes that budgetary demands are a large catalyst for legislation nowadays.

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