NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield released the following statement in response to the FCC's decision to require data roaming arrangements:
"We're very pleased that the FCC acted to put the needs of the consumer first. This data roaming order will help ensure that all Americans, regardless of who they choose as a carrier, can enjoy the benefits of a robust nationwide data network.
"The days of rural consumers being forced to choose between substandard mobile data service provided by a nationwide carrier and reliable services from a rural carrier-that become unavailable outside that provider's license area-are over. Today's rule will ensure rural consumers enjoy seamless mobile data services that are available wherever they may live, work, or travel."