NTCA CEO Supports Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Call to Expand Telemedicine Services
Arlington, Va. (July 2, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s remarks at the American Telemedicine Association’s Federal Policy Summit in support of expanding telemedicine services for American consumers and veterans.
“I couldn’t agree more with Commissioner Rosenworcel regarding the greater need for telemedicine services and reliable, modern broadband networks to support them. The benefits of these services are huge for rural Americans, who in many cases are required to travel great distances to receive medical treatment. With the introduction of technologies such as remote diagnostics and in-home monitoring, folks in rural America are able to give and receive treatments more efficiently, saving money and time and often improving the quality of care.
“However, these services are still few and far between in many rural areas. Patients still lack access to the broadband networks needed to support remote in-home health care. Small, independent telecommunications providers are working every day to build the broadband future for rural America, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the commission and other federal policymakers to bring high-speed connections and accompanying health and economic benefits to all Americans—no matter where they live.”
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.