NTCA Statement on Appeals Court Open Internet Ruling


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


Arlington, Va. (January 14, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Policy Michael Romano regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision on the FCC's open Internet rules:

“The court’s ruling today on the FCC’s net neutrality rules opens up another set of important questions for consideration in connection with the ongoing IP evolution debate and new legislative initiatives. It is essential, however, that core principles of universal service form the foundation of new policies as they develop if we are to ensure that consumers in high-cost rural areas can have access to affordable, high-quality communications services. These core objectives should not be forgotten, ignored or discarded in the next stages of debate.ˮ


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.