NTCA CEO Applauds Senators for Sponsoring Legislation Supporting Call Completion Enforcement Actions
Arlington, Va. (May 24, 2013)–NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in support of Senate Resolution 157 which recognizes the negative impact on rural consumers and businesses from the failure of calls to complete in rural communities. Introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.), Tim Johnson (D–S.D.), Deb Fischer (R–Neb.) and 10 of their Senate colleagues, the legislative resolution represents the sense of the Senate on this issue and calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take specific and enforceable actions to remedy the situation.
"It is time that rural consumers receive the dependable voice communications services that are mandated under law. Too many calls to rural communities have been failing for far too long, and the issue must be escalated and resolved. On behalf of all rural, community-based telecom providers, I applaud Sens. Klobuchar, Johnson, Fischer and their colleagues for their initiative in acknowledging to the American people that completed calls are not a luxury, but essential for public safety, education, health care and commerce. Their vision and commitment brings this critical issue to the forefront and calls on the FCC to 'move forward with clear, comprehensive, and enforceable actions.' As we have seen call completion failure rates continue to climb, we are grateful for the congressional intervention to help remedy this issue.”
Co-sponsors of S.R.157 are Mark Pryor (D–Ark.), John Boozman (R–Ark.), Barbara Boxer (D–Calif.), Charles E. Grassley (R–Iowa), Jeff Merkley (D–Ore.), John Thune (R–S.D.), Patrick J. Leahy (D–Vt.), Bernard Sanders (I–Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D–Wis.) and Michael B. Enzi (R–Wyo.).
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA's members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.