NTCA Statement on Formation of Congressional Rural Telecommunications Working Group

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org
             Wendy Mann, 703-351-2087, wmann@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (April 16, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the formation of the Rural Telecommunications Working Group, a bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members led by Reps. Bob Latta (R–Ohio) and Peter Welch (D–Vt.) to promote rural telecommunications issues.>

“I want to thank and commend Congressmen Latta and Welch for creating this House working group to explore rural telecommunications and the unique challenges community-based communications providers face. It’s exciting to see members of Congress go to work on issues crucial to rural America’s future. In forming this bipartisan working group, members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are increasing their engagement on important issues like broadband deployment, rural call completion and spectrum allocation. These and other issues weigh heavily on the minds of rural consumers, and we appreciate the committee members’ willingness to devote more of their attention to seeking smart policy solutions.”



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.