NTCA Supports Passage of Innovation Act

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

Arlington, Va. (December 5, 2013) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act. NTCA has been working to build support for the legislation along with a coalition of more than 50 organizations, including rural wireline and wireless carriers.

“I applaud the House for passing this important piece of legislation to address the rise of inappropriate and overly-broad patent claims. Like many other small and community-based businesses, rural telecommunications providers have become acutely aware of the risks and costs associated with fighting such claims. I welcome this effort to bring more transparency and clarity to the patent assertion process and to combat attempts to abuse it.”

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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.