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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Wismer, 703-351-2015, kwismer@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (June 21, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today released data from a recent survey of its members about the impacts of a budget control on the federal support systems that enable small rural network operators to deploy infrastructure and provide robust and affordable broadband services to consumers and businesses in rural America. 

The survey comes in the wake of a recent announcement that the average reduction in federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support for small, community-based broadband providers due to this budget control has grown from a 4.5 percent reduction to 9.1 percent to 12.3 percent over just the past nine months. Overall, this budget control is expected to reduce USF support for small rural network operators and the millions of rural consumers they serve by approximately $173 million over the next 12 months starting July 1, 2017. This USF support would have gone to recover costs that these small businesses incur in deploying networks and delivering services in rural areas.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Wismer, (703) 351-2015, kwismer@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (June 20, 2017)—Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, testified today before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet during the hearing, “The Universal Service Fund and Rural Broadband Investment.” The following is excerpted from Bloomfield’s written testimony:

“Small, rural broadband providers have for decades been frontrunners in deploying state of the art communications services to their customers. Services that enable local businesses to serve globally and connect rural America to urban America and the world. These impacts are felt not only in agriculture, but in all sectors of the economy that depend on broadband connections, such as education, commerce, health care and government. However, the job is far from finished. Communications providers must not only deploy broadband; they must sustain and upgrade their networks to keep pace with their consumers’ growing demands. We also still face the challenge, of course, of delivering services to parts of rural America without access.”

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Arlington, Va. (June 19, 2017)—During another busy week for rural broadband policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association will participate in several high-profile events this week, including testimony at two Congressional hearings and the first meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council exploring ways to promote the security, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s communications systems.

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