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

Washington, D.C. (May 11, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield will join the panel discussion, “Broadband Infrastructure Funding: What Should The Plans Be?” hosted by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus on Friday at noon-1 p.m. ET. The event will take place in the Rayburn House Office Building and will be streamed live online.

Bloomfield previously testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that the broadband infrastructure deployed by small, hometown internet service providers enables applications that rural and urban communities can leverage for education, commerce, health care and government services.


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Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087,
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Arlington, Va., (May 8, 2017)–The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) today announced that it has awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships to 59 students in rural communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

The FRS College Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company. New this year, FRS awarded three $500 Roger Alan Cox Scholarships and two $1,250 Broadband Telecom Conference Scholarships. Four $5,000 scholarships funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis of JSI in honor of their parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis, were awarded to students with an interest in science, math, medicine or engineering. Two $1,500 scholarships were funded by Telecom Management Services (TMS) of Mayfield, Ky. One student received the $7,000 Everett Kneece Scholarship in honor of the philanthropist with a passion for rural America.


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

Arlington, Va. (May 3, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the Senate Gigabit Opportunity Act. The act introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.) would provide tax benefits for investing in gigabit-capable networks in certain areas.

“Sen. Capito is among the preeminent leaders in the U.S. Congress when it comes to promoting robust broadband deployment,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “We thank the senator for her continued focus on this issue and look forward to further conversations about this bill and other initiatives to help ensure that properly tailored and effective incentives are in place to target broadband deployment to those places in need and to enable greater access by all Americans to future-proof networks.”