August 11, 2010 - NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield issued the following statement

following the announcement that Senator Ted Stevens was among those killed in a plane crash in Alaska:


We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Senator Stevens, a true friend of rural telephony and a great champion of the Universal Service program. Throughout his distinguished career, Sen. Stevens worked tirelessly to ensure rural Americans were able to fully realize the benefits and opportunities of the evolving telecom landscape. His leadership and dedication helped shape policies not just for his home state of Alaska, but for rural areas across the country, and we will honor his memory.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire NTCA family are with all those aboard the flight and their families.