NCTC, NTCA Applaud FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel for Senate Committee Reconfirmation, Continuing Commitment to Rural America

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

Arlington, Va. (December 10, 2015)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) today issued the following joint statement from NTCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shirley Bloomfield and NCTC President and CEO Nancy White regarding FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s remarks during a visit to NCTC’s headquarters in Lafayette, Tenn.: 

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association applauds FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for her continuing dedication to rural America. On the heels of the unanimous vote of the Senate Commerce Committee approving Commissioner Rosenworcel’s nomination for a new term at the FCC, I was honored to travel to Tennessee with her to see first-hand the economic and societal benefits that advanced broadband services like those delivered by North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) provide to rural communities. NTCA is eager for Commissioner Rosenworcel’s reconfirmation by the full Senate, and we look forward to working with her in the future to achieve our shared goal of advancing universal service to all Americans regardless of where they live or work,” said Bloomfield. 

“NCTC was so pleased to have FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel recognize the achievements small telecommunications providers are making to rural America. With our fiber network and the availability of such fast Internet speeds, our rural area now has greater opportunities in economic development, telemedicine, distance learning, small business growth and so many other sectors. The advanced network we have available today will benefit the people of this region for decades to come,” said White.

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About NTCA

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. 

About NCTC
For 65 years, NCTC has been a leading communications provider, serving parts of northern middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.  With its state of the art fiber network, NCTC  has expanded its portfolio to include Gigabit Internet speeds, digital TV service, local and long distance phone, business systems, and security service.  NCTC also offers a host of cloud computing service housed within a premier Tier III Data Center.