NTCA Statement on FCC’s Cellular Roaming Rates Declaratory Ruling

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

Arlington, Va. (December 18, 2014)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the FCC’s declaratory ruling regarding cellular roaming rates: 

“Small, wireless providers serving rural consumers have struggled for years in negotiating roaming agreements with the larger providers. The declaratory ruling issued by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau today is an important step toward ensuring that roaming agreements are commercially reasonable and that small providers have better ability to continue to compete and offer valuable alternatives to consumers in the wireless marketplace.” 

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