NTCA CEO Applauds Senate Rural Call Completion Resolution


For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org  


Arlington, Va. (July 30, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s endorsement of Senate Resolution 157, which recognizes the negative impacts of continued call completion problems on rural communities and businesses. The resolution, which was introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.), Tim Johnson (D–S.D.) and Deb Fischer (R–Neb.), and supported by 18 of their Senate colleagues, calls on the FCC to take specific and enforceable actions to remedy the epidemic of continued call failures.

“I thank the members of the Senate Commerce Committee for recognizing the serious threats continued call completion problems pose to rural consumers and businesses. On behalf of all rural, community-based telecom providers, I especially applaud the work of Sens. Klobuchar, Johnson and Fischer, who introduced this important legislative resolution and have spoken at length in support of taking additional action to address the epidemic of rural call failures. Thanks to these senators’ commitment to this problem and the people it affects, awareness of the call completion issue has been elevated to a new level. What we need now is for the FCC to follow through on this momentum with clear, comprehensive and enforceable actions against those responsible. We look forward to working with the commission to achieve that end.”


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