2016 Press Releases

 

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Hillary Crowder Smith, 703-351-2086, hsmith@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (April 28, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association issued the following statement from Michael Romano, senior vice president of policy, regarding today’s vote by the FCC on a further notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to future regulation of business data services—also known as special access services:

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has long advocated for common-sense regulation of communications services that does not draw artificial distinctions between technology or the self-declared classification of a given provider. In the decade-plus of debates over the classification of VoIP and even more recently in the net neutrality debates, NTCA has consistently encouraged policymakers to focus on the fundamental fact that the transmission of data from one point to another should be viewed and regulated the same way—regardless of how a particular provider may spin its service offering or the underlying technology used in the act of transmitting data. 

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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Hillary Crowder Smith, 703-351-2086, hsmith@ntca.org 

Arlington, Va. (April 28, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the second bipartisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus briefing led by Reps. Mark Pocan (D–Wis.), Peter F. Welch (D–Vt.), Bob E. Latta (R–Ohio), Kevin J. Cramer (R–N.D.), Dave W. Loebsack (D–Iowa) and Adam D. Kinzinger (R–Ill.). NTCA member Bill Esbeck, president of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association; Joshua Seidemann, NTCA vice president of policy; and Michael Romano, NTCA senior vice president of policy, participated in the event which focused on rural broadband deployment and its central role in strengthening rural economies.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder Smith, 703-351-2086, hsmith@ntca.org 

Arlington, Va. (April 20, 2016)—Today, Hudson Institute released “The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband,” a report produced by Senior Fellow Hanns Kuttner and commissioned by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). The report examines the economic impact of rural broadband and the critical issues facing rural communities in the United States.

“The report findings are further evidence that investing in rural broadband has far-reaching effects for both urban and rural America, creating efficiencies in health care, education, agriculture, energy, and commerce, and enhancing quality of life of citizens across the country,” said FRS Executive Director Jessica Golden. “The advancement and viability of our rural American communities is not just a rural issue but a national imperative.”

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