NTCA Applauds Senate Leadership to End Rural Call Completion Problems

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org
             Wendy Mann, 703-351-2087, wmann@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (December 3, 2012) – A bipartisan group of more than 30 senators led by Sen. Tim Johnson (S.D.) sent a letter to the FCC today saying that call completion problems plaguing rural communities have continued for far too long and must be addressed with additional investigation to put an end to the epidemic once and for all.

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Sen. Johnson and all of the senators who signed this letter to the FCC for their leadership on this issue, which has serious economic and safety consequences for rural Americans. Tests conducted by NTCA and our rural partners have proven what I hear over and over again from small carriers all over the country: that instances of calls not completing or resulting in ‘dead air’ are rampant in rural communities and in many cases are getting worse. While the FCC’s declaratory ruling nearly 10 months ago was a positive step, it has become obvious that more investigation and actual enforcement is necessary to put an end to the bad practices underlying this problem.”



The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 580 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.