NTCA Statement on FCC Stay of Broadband Privacy Rule

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087,lwithers@ntca.org
Arlington, Va. (March 1, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the FCC issuing a temporary stay of the data security rule adopted as part of broader privacy regulations last year.
“We’re encouraged by this temporary stay. This rule in particular and broader one-sided privacy regulations more generally create tremendous burdens on one portion of the internet ecosystem even as they set false expectations for consumers about what data are actually protected online,” Bloomfield said. “NTCA looks forward to working with the FCC, the FTC and other stakeholders on a common-sense approach that gives consumers information and consistent protections across their online experience.”
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing more than 800 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.