NTCA Members Discuss Standalone Broadband Support With Members of Congress

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

Arlington, Va. (April 8, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s 2014 Legislative & Policy Conference continued today in Washington, D.C., as hundreds of association members heard from several members of congress in a kickoff breakfast before heading to Capitol Hill for one-on-one meetings with local representatives. 

 Reps. Jason Smith (R–Mo.) and Bruce Braley (D–Iowa), as well as Sen. Mark Begich (D–Alaska) addressed conference attendees and described the need for broadband services in rural America, as well as the necessity of policy changes that support rural providers and consumers.

Members then headed to congressional offices to meet with senators, representatives and staff in their respective states. They discussed the need for Universal Service Fund reform as well as support for standalone broadband. 

The conference will conclude with a TECO/RTAF event tonight at Nationals Park. Watch the event video online.

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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.