NTCA Statement on Klobuchar Rural Spectrum Bill

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


Arlington, Va. (December 11, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in support of the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2013 introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Deb Fischer (R–Neb.):

 "I commend Sen. Klobuchar for introducing this important piece of legislation, which seeks to ensure unused wireless spectrum can be put to good use serving more sparsely populated rural areas. NTCA’s members are dedicated to providing competitive modern telecommunications services and ensuring the economic future of their rural communities. Wireless services can be an important part of solving that puzzle. But the wireless market is incredibly consolidated, with two carriers already holding 78% of the country’s low-frequency, broadband-capable spectrum and accounting for more than 80% of wireless industry revenues. Licensing spectrum according to small geographic areas would allow smaller carriers like those in NTCA’s membership to bid only for the territory they are interested in serving and ensure rural areas are not ignored when it comes time to deploy services."


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.