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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Kelly Wismer, 703-351-2015, kwismer@ntca.org
              Amy Schatz,    202-326-7346, aschatz@ustelecom.org

Arlington, Va. (June 14, 2017)—Citing the discriminatory nature of current Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution requirements, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom today filed with the FCC a joint petition for targeted, temporary forbearance from certain USF contributions for small, rural broadband providers until the completion of further pending reforms.

The filing comes as the commission is undertaking ongoing updates to the USF, which provides support through user fees to offset the high costs of deploying and operating communications networks in rural America. The relief requested would put the services offered by small, rural broadband providers on a level playing field with other broadband services pending the completion of broader reform efforts intended to address the long-term sustainability of the USF programs.

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

Arlington, Va. (June 14, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding Jessica Rosenworcel’s renomination as FCC Commissioner:

“NTCA, our membership and myself personally, congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on being renominated to the FCC. In her initial tenure at the FCC and during her distinguished career as a key congressional and FCC staffer, she was a leader for the technology industry and a champion for consumers. She knows firsthand the importance of broadband to bring advancements in healthcare, education, public safety and economic development to rural America. We are pleased for the opportunity to work with her again once she is confirmed and to pursue our shared interests in ensuring sustainable and affordable broadband access for all Americans.”

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

Arlington, Va. (June 12, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding Anne Hazlett being named assistant to the secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service and the Rural Housing Service.

“We congratulate Ms. Hazlett on assuming a leadership role in rural development,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “NTCA and its members are excited to continue working with someone already so familiar with rural telecom opportunities and challenges, and who we know will recognize the importance of continued coordination between the FCC efforts to sustain rural broadband and Rural Development programs at USDA that help to finance the construction of these much-needed networks in the first instance. We look forward to working with her to ensure that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of robust communications networks now and well into the future.”

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