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FCC Demand for Accountability With Respect to Call Failures Is an Important Step Forward for Rural Americans and the Integrity of America’s Telecommunications Networks


For Immediate Release

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

Arlington, Va. (March 12, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the FCC’s announcement that Level 3 Communications, LLC, will make a voluntary $975,000 contribution to the U.S. Treasury as part of a consent decree that addresses Level 3’s efforts to route and complete calls to rural communities.

“Today’s action by the FCC is an important step on behalf of countless rural Americans and loved ones of rural Americans who have suffered the frustration or fear of a call not completing because of circumstances beyond their control. I applaud the FCC for taking definitive action to demand accountability in the routing and completion of calls to rural communities and to promote the integrity and reliability of the nation’s telecommunications networks. I hope today’s announcement is the first of many to come as the FCC seeks to send a message regarding the fundamental duties expected of telecommunications providers. With the commission’s continued vigilance and intervention, there will hopefully come a time when these kinds of actions are no longer needed. But we are certainly not there yet.”

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