NTCA Members Urge Congress to Advocate For Standalone Broadband Support

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

Arlington, Va. (April 21, 2015)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s 2015 Legislative & Policy Conference continued today in Washington, D.C., as hundreds of association members heard from members of congress in a kickoff breakfast before heading to Capitol Hill for one-on-one meetings with local representatives. 

Rep. David Young (R–Iowa) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) addressed conference attendees and described the need for Universal Service Fund support for standalone broadband services in rural America, as well as the ongoing call completion epidemic and the need for legislation to put a stop to call failures in rural America. 

Members then headed to congressional offices to hold more than 200 meeting with senators, representatives and staff in their respective states. They discussed the need for Universal Service Fund reform as well as support for standalone broadband. 

The conference will conclude with a technical demonstration and panel discussion, “Smart Agriculture: Broadband Technology at our Nation's Farms.” Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, John Deere, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National FFA Organization, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Partner Communications will speak at the event.

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