NTCA Statement on Nomination of Michael O’Rielly as FCC Commissioner

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (August 2, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Michael O’Rielly to serve as FCC commissioner:

“NTCA congratulates Mr. O’Rielly upon his nomination to serve as an FCC commissioner. Mr. O’Rielly will bring a depth of experience on critical communications issues to his new position. We are hopeful that, having worked for a number of elected officials who represent states with sizeable rural areas, he will appreciate the innovative efforts that small carriers have made to deliver universal broadband access. We look forward to working with Mr. O’Rielly to establish a stable, well-defined regulatory climate that facilitates investment in sustainable IP-enabled networks and promotes affordable access to advanced services for all Americans.”



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.