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

San Diego, Calif., (May 3, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association awarded 23 member companies with TeleChoice Awards on May 1 during the 2017 PR & Marketing Conference.

The annual awards program honors excellence in member telco public relations and marketing. Entries in seven categories—annual report, complete branding campaign, complete marketing campaign, customer newsletter, local video content, single-target print publication and website—were judged on innovative strategies, design, writing, creativity and other elements specific to each category. In each category, a winner was selected from three divisions based on the number of access lines served by the entrant and two production divisions: “in-house” and “outsourced.”

“I would like to congratulate all of the 2017 TeleChoice Award winners for their incredible work,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “The marketing efforts of NTCA member companies continue to play a critical role in educating and raising awareness of communications technologies, services, initiatives and issues that impact the vitality of rural communities and our nation.”


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

Arlington, Va. (May 2, 2017)— NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today thanked members of the House of Representatives for joining Rep. Kevin Cramer (R–N.D.) in calling on the FCC to address the budget shortfalls in the Universal Service Fund (USF) High-Cost program that are hindering rural broadband access and deployment. 

The USF High-Cost program plays an essential role in helping rural areas experience the benefits of robust broadband by supporting and sustaining networks in areas that are sparsely populated and costly to serve. A letter signed by Rep. Cramer and 101 other House members encourages the FCC “to ensure sufficient resources are available to enable the USF mechanisms to work as designed—that is, to give rural Americans the opportunity to obtain affordable broadband and to advance broadband deployment in high-cost rural areas—along with any other program changes that may help achieve this goal.”


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

Arlington, Va. (April 27, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today released the following statement from NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the FCC’s circulation of a notice of proposed rulemaking and order addressing the commission regulation mandating higher prices for basic voice service in rural areas known as the “rate floor:”

“NTCA is delighted to see the draft notice proposing to eliminate the rate floor policy that has punished smaller carriers and perplexed rural consumers in recent years, along with a draft order that would halt the escalating effects of the rate floor pending action on that notice,” Bloomfield said. “We thank Chairman Pai for circulating this proposal for consideration by his fellow commissioners, and especially for his early leadership in first calling out the effects of the rate floor several years ago. We are also grateful to Commissioners O’Rielly and Clyburn for their recent comments reaffirming their commitment to review the effectiveness of previously adopted policies. NTCA is therefore hopeful that this item can ‘cross the finish line’ at the FCC’s May meeting, and that we will be able to continue to work with the FCC on other universal service-related issues that are important to promote the availability and affordability of voice and broadband services for rural consumers.”