NTCA Statement on USDA Reorganization Announcement

 

For Immediate Release
Contact:Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (May 11, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reorganization announced by Secretary Sonny Perdue.

“The Rural Development programs within USDA are critical to national goals with respect to promoting the availability of infrastructure throughout the United States,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “The Rural Utilities Service in particular has played and will continue to play an essential role in providing financing for telecommunications network projects that drive economic development and job creation in rural America. We hope USDA’s leadership will help build upon the many successes that these programs have already had and continue to position them for even greater things to come. Rural progress depends in significant part upon the ongoing vitality and sustainability of these programs, including the availability of sufficient resources to achieve their mission.”

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