NTCA Welcomes Announcement of Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program Winners, Applauds Telco Members for Continuing Commitment to Promote Broadband Availability and Adoption
For Immediate Release
Arlington, Va. (December 19, 2012) – The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Policy Michael Romano:
“NTCA is delighted to see 11 of its rural telco members selected to participate in the FCC’s Broadband adoption Lifeline pilot program. NTCA coordinated closely with two of those members—Alpine Communications in Iowa and Leaco Rural Telephone in New Mexico—on their joint application, and we also applaud Gila River Telecommunications, Hopi Telecommunications, Adams Telephone Cooperative, Cass Telephone Company, Madison Telephone Company, Mid-Century Telephone Cooperative, Shawnee Telephone Company, Wabash Telephone Cooperative, and Vermont Telephone Company for stepping up with applications and being selected to participate.
Rural telcos serve areas long ago left behind by larger companies, and they face many challenges in sustaining the delivery of high-quality, affordable voice and broadband services in such small markets. But I’m encouraged when I see time and again the tireless commitment of NTCA members to their communities. These applications underscore that commitment, and I’m hopeful that this program will promote a productive dialogue about what it really takes to achieve our nation’s objectives with respect to the ongoing availability and affordability of advanced communications services.”
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