Broadband Vital to Rural Communities, Begich Tells NTCA’s Bloomfield

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086,

Arlington, Va., (May 27, 2014) – In the most recent episode of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s new video series, “Broadband Beat With Shirley Bloomfield,ˮ Sen. Mark Begich (D–Alaska) describes the vital role broadband services play in rural communities, telling Bloomfield that broadband is crucial to the education, health care and economic prosperity of Alaskans.   

“If you do not have high-speed connectivity in your rural community, they’re going to be left out,” said Begich.

Begich also discussed how he entered public service and why it’s important to give back. He explained that his leadership role in the Senate has given him the opportunity to work with advocacy groups to help members of Congress make more informed decisions. 

The interview also focuses on the senator’s relationship with the FCC and the importance of grassroots advocacy efforts. 

“Broadband Beat With Shirley Bloomfieldˮ features interviews between NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield and policy, telecom and technology leaders who are working to drive the rural broadband industry forward. 

For more information about the video series, visit or the NTCA YouTube channel. 


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