NTCA Statement on Confirmations of Tom Wheeler and Michael O’Rielly to FCC

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

Arlington, Va. (October 30, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the Senate’s confirmations of Tom Wheeler and Michael O’Rielly to the FCC:

“I congratulate Mr. Wheeler and Mr. O’Rielly on their respective confirmations to serve on the FCC. We look forward to working with both of them and their staffs to deliver on a shared vision of universal broadband access. We know that both of these policymakers appreciate the need for a stable, well-defined regulatory climate and robust, sufficient universal service mechanisms to facilitate investment in and upgrade of broadband-capable, IP-enabled networks in hard-to-serve areas such as those in which NTCA members operate.”


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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.