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

Arlington, Va. (June 29, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding Brendan Carr’s nomination as FCC Commissioner:

“NTCA congratulates Brendan Carr on his nomination to serve as FCC Commissioner. His experience in the private sector and in a variety of roles at the FCC will enable him to hit the ground running on a range of issues from addressing consumer needs for broadband to promoting effective and efficient investment in networks. NTCA and our membership look forward to working with Brendan once he’s confirmed to continue advancing our nation’s broadband goals.” 

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

Arlington, Va. (June 22, 2017)—Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development for NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, testified today before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade during the hearing, "Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America." The following is excerpted from Romano’s written testimony:

“Providing robust, scalable, and sustainable broadband in rural areas is not the kind of endeavor that tends to attract substantial capital from multiple private lending sources or tends to excite Wall Street. For small carriers like those in NTCA’s membership, there are very few lenders that even look to work in this space—the Rural Utilities Service under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CoBank, and the Rural Telecommunications Finance Cooperative represent the primary lenders to whom such small rural network operators might look in borrowing investment capital.

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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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