NTCA: Small Carriers Still Waiting for Connect America Fund
Arlington, Va. (July 24, 2012) – The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) today issued the following statement from Michael Romano, NTCA senior vice president of policy, regarding the deadline for certain telecommunications carriers to accept funding through the first phase of the FCC’s new Connect America Fund.
“Today’s deadline for price cap carriers marks the point where those providers can choose to accept new Connect America Fund support and associated obligations to deploy broadband in certain rural areas. Unfortunately, while small independent carriers have made great strides in rural broadband deployment to date, they are still waiting for the Connect America Fund that they too need to keep pace on rural network upgrades. NTCA looks forward to working with policy-makers to achieve true universal service and establish a Connect America Fund that provides sufficient and predictable support for reasonably comparable broadband across all of America.”
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