NTCA Supports Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Legislation

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

Arlington, Va. (March 10, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today commended Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R–Utah) for introducing legislation to ease rights-of-way permitting processes that hinder the timely deployment of broadband networks in rural America.

The Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017, cosponsored by Sens. Steve Daines (R–Mont.) and Deb Fischer (R–Neb.), seeks to allow certain state permitting authority to encourage expansion of broadband service to rural communities.

“Small rural telecom operators continue to endure cumbersome and time-consuming permitting processes that hinder the timely deployment of broadband networks in rural America,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “Government at all levels should work collaboratively to expedite placement of infrastructure, and NTCA hopes this bill will help move us toward a more streamlined and harmonized set of permitting processes.”

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