NTCA Response to Goodlatte Patent Litigation Bill

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (October 23, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to bi-partisan legislation introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–Va.) and a bipartisan group of representatives seeking to address the increasing occurrence of abusive patent litigation.

“Like many other small and community-based businesses, rural telecommunications providers have become acutely aware of the risks and costs associated with fighting the inappropriate assertion of poor quality, over-broad patents. Our country’s patent system is being misused and could endanger the delivery of IP-enabled communications across the country, including to some of the nation’s most remote populations. I commend Chairman Goodlatte and a broad bipartisan group of representatives for taking steps to address the rise of such claims, including their bid to bring more transparency and clarity to the patent assertion process and to combat attempts to abuse it. We look forward to working with Congress to address this ongoing issue.”


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.