NTCA Responds to FCC Order Revising USF Reforms

 

For Immediate Release

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

Arlington, Va. (July 26, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau order regarding the model and caps that limit Universal Service Fund support for some rate-of-return rural telecommunications carriers.

“We appreciate the work of the FCC staff under the leadership of Acting Chairwoman Clyburn in taking steps to limit some of the impacts of the economic model being used to cap Universal Service Fund support for rate-of-return carriers. While there’s still more to be done to address important lingering questions surrounding the model’s transparency, accuracy and predictability, we hope this action will serve as a springboard for additional productive discussions with the commission about the steps needed to fulfill our country’s universal service mandates in today’s broadband-oriented, IP-enabled world.”

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