2016 Press Releases

 


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

Arlington, Va., (December 16, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield about the small business exemption on open internet “enhanced transparency” disclosure requirements that expired on December 15, 2016.

Read more...

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

Arlington, Va. (December 15, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield following the announcement that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down from the commission on January 20, 2017.

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association wishes Chairman Tom Wheeler well in his future endeavors. He repeatedly demonstrated great resolve in taking action on some very difficult issues, and we appreciate the agency’s willingness under his leadership to engage with interested and affected stakeholders throughout these debates.”

Read more...

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

Arlington, Va., (December 2, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding the House Steering Committee’s selection of Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) to chair the House Committee on Energy and Commerce:

“We congratulate Representative Walden on his selection as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and appreciate his leadership on rural communications issues, including rural call quality. We look forward to working with him, Reps. Shimkus and Barton and the full committee to ensure all Americans have sustained access to reliable and affordable advanced communications services. In an era where a robust broadband connection is necessary to participate and compete in our digital economy, the work of this committee is more important than ever to enhance the reach of broadband networks to rural America. I would also like to thank Rep. Upton for his tenure as chairman of the committee and for working with us to find broadband policy solutions that benefit all Americans.”

Read more...

For Immediate Release
Contact: foundation@frs.org, (703) 351-2026

Arlington, Va., (December 12, 2016)–Telehealth offers improved care that can lead to lower total health care costs as specialized treatment is made available in remote and insular areas. This enables early diagnosis and treatment and improves conditions for compliance rates. The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and Smart Rural Community (SRC) explore these data in an innovative event that will combine rural broadband professionals, health care experts, and telemedicine developers for conversation and technical demonstrations.

What: A seminar featuring Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and other speakers addressing rural health care issues, including telemedicine applications and network security.

Who: Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association 
          Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

 

Read more...

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

Arlington, Va. (December 1, 2016)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) announced today that it awarded more than $25,000 in grants to eight projects in rural communities embodying the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality and sustainability of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.

The grants will enable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects, education, and community and economic development opportunities in rural communities of Montana, Oregon, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, California and Georgia. The winning projects are endorsed by community-based telecommunications companies that are members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

Read more...