Members of Congress to Speak at NTCA, FRS Economic Development Summit

Arlington, Va. (November 13, 2015)—More than 50 members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, Congressional staff and industry stakeholders will gather in Washington, D.C., next week to participate in a white paper presentation and panel discussion, “Beyond Rural Walls: Identifying Impacts and Interdependencies Among Rural and Urban Spaces,” on November 18. The event will be hosted by the association’s Smart Rural Community initiative, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), Rep. Bill Johnson (R–Ohio) and Sen. Al Franken (D–Minn.). 

The event will be held at United States Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room South (CVC 217), Washington, D.C. 20510, and members of the press are invited. 

November 18
9:00–11:30 a.m.

Event Highlights
9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks
Rep. Bill Johnson (R–Ohio)

9:40 a.m. Paper Presentation
NTCA Vice President of Policy Joshua Seidemann

11:15 a.m. Closing Remarks
Sen. Al Franken (D–Minn.)

Members of the press wishing to attend must RSVP to NTCA Communications Manager Hillary Crowder at 703-351-2086 or by Monday, November 16.


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

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow’s economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today’s youth. Visit us at