NTCA Statement on the FCC’s Call Completion Probe Settlement

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

Arlington, Va. (February 21, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the FCC’s announcement that Windstream Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve an investigation by the commission’s Enforcement Bureau into the company’s rural call completion practices: 

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association applauds the FCC’s ongoing efforts to ensure people in rural communities are able to communicate seamlessly with other parts of the country. We are pleased in particular to see that the commission continues to investigate the troubling occurrence of call failures and to seek to ensure the integrity and reliability of our nation’s communications networks. We look forward to further work to ensure that all carriers and intermediate providers get the clear message that practices that contribute to call failures simply will not be tolerated.”


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