NTCA Comment on FirstNet Board Actions

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

Arlington, Va. (October 2, 2015)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to actions taken by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board at its meeting this morning:

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members have been eager for the opportunity to participate in the FirstNet effort, and we applaud and are greatly encouraged by the specific reference in today’s discussions by the FirstNet board to collaboration with rural telecommunications providers in fulfilling the mission of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network. NTCA’s small business members look forward to playing a meaningful role in furthering the success of FirstNet, especially in rural areas where the networks of these small providers will be essential to achieving that success for the benefit of all Americans.”

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