November 3, 2010 - NTCA CEO Comments on Election Results

NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield released the following statement in response to the 2010 general election results:

Arlington, Va., (November 3, 2010) - "Clearly there are some big changes in store for the next Congress-particularly for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Notably, we are disappointed by the defeat of Rep. Boucher, who has been a staunch supporter of universal service and whose focus on and keen understanding of telecom issues has helped highlight the need for policies that recognize the unique challenges of serving rural America. We will miss working with him and his talented staff.

"Fortunately, ours are not Republican or Democrat issues-they are policy issues important to rural America and the consumers and businesses that contribute to our national economic prosperity. While it remains to be seen which direction the new leadership will take the committee, NTCA is committed to working with the entire Congress to create an understanding of the importance of policies that ensure continued funding for the nation's broadband infrastructure, including universal service and intercarrier compensation reform and Rural Utilities Service programs.

"We look forward to working with both veteran and new members of Congress to generate greater appreciation of the unique nature of rural telecom policy challenges."

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The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 560 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at www.ntca.org.Contact NTCA at 703-351-2037