NTCA Responds to FCC Technology Transitions Policy Task Force Recommendations

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (December 12, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the FCC Technology Transitions Policy Task Force recommendations:


"Members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association have led the charge on technology transitions for some time now, edging out broadband-capable networks and delivering advanced services in the face of the most significant operating challenges and difficult terrain in the United States. This is why, just over a year ago, NTCA filed a petition seeking a thoughtful regulatory review to help promote and sustain this ongoing technological evolution. We are encouraged by Chairman Wheeler’s early focus on these important issues, and the report that he called for today from the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force appears to underscore a commitment to meaningful exploration and evaluation of changes while holding true to core principles such as consumer protection, promotion of competition and fulfillment of universal service. Much more remains to be both examined and done to ensure that the fundamental network compact that Chairman Wheeler has mentioned can be sustained—rather than neglected or abandoned—as underlying networks and services evolve, but we are eager to work with the entire commission toward this objective."


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.