NTCA Statement on FCC’s Proposal to Reclassify Internet-Based Video Services

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

Arlington, Va. (December 19, 2014)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Policy Michael Romano regarding the FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes the reclassification of Internet-based video services: 

“The entrepreneurial members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association leave no stone unturned in an effort to develop and sustain a mix of attractive and affordable voice, video and broadband services. Video in particular is a critical piece of the customer service puzzle, as it helps to drive broadband adoption but also is the source of ever-increasing challenges in terms of obtaining affordable access to content. We are still reviewing the notice of proposed rulemaking released today, but we hope that it will both spur a holistic discussion of distribution concerns in the video marketplace and promote better recognition of the real value of and necessity for the underlying networks that make any access to content possible.”

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