NTCA CEO to Testify Before Senate Subcommittee About IP Transition, Effects of USF/ICC Reforms


For Immediate Release

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

Arlington, Va. (July 22, 2013)–Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, will testify this Thursday, July 25, before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet during the hearing, “State of Wireline Communications.”

Bloomfield will address rural carriers’ transition to IP-based technologies and what is needed to promote and sustain this ongoing evolution. She will also talk about how the FCC’s reforms of the federal Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation cost-recovery systems are hindering rural carriers’ ability to invest in and execute needed network upgrades.

Bloomfield’s testimony follows months of outreach by NTCA members to seek positive changes at the FCC and more congressional oversight of the impacts of the reforms on rural consumers and carriers.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. ET and will be webcast on the committee’s website.



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.