NTCA Supports GOP Plank Embracing Public-Private Partnerships to Connect Rural America


For Immediate Release

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

Background: On August 28, the Republican Party adopted its 2012 platform, which includes a provision supporting public-private partnerships to provide “predictable support” for rural broadband and which recognizes the importance of those connections to farmers, ranchers and small business owners who compete on a global scale.

Arlington, Va. (August 29, 2012) – The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) today issued the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Wacker regarding the Republican Party’s support of rural connectivity.

“We applaud Republican leaders for recognizing the importance of broadband connectivity to rural communities, and for supporting the public-private partnerships that provide a positive return to American citizens and are critical to the deployment of broadband-capable networks in hard-to-serve rural areas. It’s because of these partnerships and a robust statutory universal service mandate that small, rural telecommunications providers have already made great strides in serving their communities. Our nation can only sustain and build upon this success, however, if these public-private partnerships continue and there is predictable and sufficient universal service support going forward such as this platform contemplates.”


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.