NTCA Statement on IP Transition


For Immediate Release

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

Arlington, Va. (November 20, 2013)
– NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's announcement of the commission's intent to pursue new rules regarding the IP transition:

"NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association welcomes Chairman Wheeler's announcement of the commission's intent to move quickly in considering and implementing paths to help promote and sustain the ongoing technological evolution. As our 2012 petition on this topic highlighted, core principles related to universal service, competition and protection of consumers must be seen as cornerstones of any regulatory reviews, trials or structured observations of technical trends underway. NTCA's members have already made great strides in helping to ensure rural consumers can participate meaningfully in an IP-evolved world, but more remains to be done. These small entrepreneurs are excited about the opportunity to build upon their progress to date and to fulfill the fundamental mission of universal service in collaboration with the FCC and other stakeholders."


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.