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

Arlington, Va. (April 26, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today said clear rules are needed to promote consumer protection, universal service and an open Internet and welcomed a proposal by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to embrace a light-touch approach with respect to regulation of the broadband ecosystem.

The following statement can be attributed to NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield:

“NTCA has consistently urged clear rules of the road to ensure the seamless flow of data between users and across networks of all kinds,” Bloomfield said. “As representatives of small, rural businesses that have lived through call completion failures in recent years, we know all too well what can happen when rules aren’t clear or enforced. Although we held out some hope that the prior FCC might use Title II in a disciplined, light-touch manner merely to promote core statutory principles, this framework was unfortunately used to impose one-sided, heavy-handed regulations on broadband networks primarily for the benefit of other actors in the Internet ecosystem. We hope that the coming debate over how to reset the rules of the road will move us back toward a more productive and targeted focus on promoting consumer protection and universal service.”

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

Arlington, Va. (April 25, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture:

“I congratulate Secretary Perdue on his confirmation as our nation’s 31st secretary of agriculture,” Bloomfield said. “NTCA’s nearly 850 member companies leverage public and private capital, including initiatives in partnership with the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), to deploy advanced communications networks throughout rural America that translate into jobs and services for many sectors of the economy, including agriculture. We look forward to working with Secretary Perdue, RUS, and the entire Department of Agriculture to ensure the continued deployment and upgrade of rural broadband networks that yield benefits for all Americans.”

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

Arlington, Va. (April 20, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today thanked the FCC for correcting a flaw in the universal service capital investment allowance cap and for continuing to explore ways to expand broadband access in rural areas.

“While the FCC addressed a number of important items today, correcting the flaw in the capital investment limit for smaller rural operators is significant in removing a disincentive to broadband investment and allowing greater flexibility for smaller companies to design their networks to reach more consumers,” said NTCA Senior Vice President of Industry Affairs and Business Development Michael Romano. “We thank Chairman Pai and Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly for fixing this flaw and we look forward to more in-depth conversations on several other important items mentioned today, including the rate floor, the ‘punch list’ of other issues still teed up by our petition for reconsideration, and how we can otherwise make sustained progress on deployment of wireline and wireless infrastructure in our country’s hardest-to-serve locations.”

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