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Contact: Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087,

San Antonio, Texas (June 12, 2017)—Several leading rural infrastructure groups today announced a joint campaign to help promote collaboration and strategic partnerships in deploying and operating broadband networks in unserved parts of rural America. The “Partners in Broadband” campaign, officially launched during the 2017 CFC Forum, focuses on creating alliances through a website that looks to connect those interested in delivering robust broadband to unserved rural communities with nearby partners that share a community commitment and have expertise in broadband network deployment and operation.


Arlington, Va. (June 9, 2017)—During a busy week for rural broadband policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association members and staff participated in several news opportunities, including a feature by RFD-TV about rural broadband challenges and an op-ed in Washington, D.C., about ongoing open internet proceedings.

  • Shirley Bloomfield Talks to RFD-TV About Rural Broadband
    RFD-TV, a TV channel devoted to rural issues, recently interviewed NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield for a news segment about the inclusion of broadband as a priority in the new administration's infrastructure plan. Bloomfield discussed challenges associated with making sustainable broadband available and affordable in rural areas. The interview aired on RFD-TV on Wednesday, June 7, and is available online.



For Immediate Release
Contact:Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087,

Arlington, Va. (May 18, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statements regarding the FCC order to freeze the rate floor imposed on rural telephone companies and proposals to eliminate the rate floor and roll back certain net neutrality rules.

Regarding the rural rate floor:

“On behalf of consumers across rural America, NTCA appreciates today’s vote to put a halt to a rule that has resulted in increased basic phone rates year after year,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “This ill-designed regulation has harmed consumers in current form, and a pause and thoughtful fresh look at how this policy is working has long been needed. We are grateful to Chairman Pai for his long-standing leadership on tackling this issue, and to Commissioner O’Rielly for his sustained commitment to exploring how to make the universal service mechanisms more predictable and effective. While the high-cost USF program has recently undergone substantial reforms and already contains significant measures that demand accountability, NTCA remains eager to continue working with all of the commissioners in pursuit of further improvements to the rules and systems that enable universal service.”