Passage of H.R. 2566 Another Promising Step for Addressing Rural Call Completion Problems


For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va., (November 15, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today applauded the passage of H.R. 2566, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2016. Introduced by Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), the bill previously passed the House in September as part of the Communications Act Update Act.

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield released the following statement in response to the action:

“We appreciate the continued Congressional focus on call completion issues that have plagued rural communities for years. Call failures or poor call quality threaten the quality of life, economic development, and public safety in rural America. We thank Reps. Young and Welch for introducing the bill and Chairman Greg Walden for his continued support. We hope that this action is another step forward toward final passage of the legislation.”

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