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NTCA Testimony on the Universal Service Fund
For Immediate Release
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Arlington, Va. (June 20, 2017)—Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, testified today before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet during the hearing, “The Universal Service Fund and Rural Broadband Investment.” The following is excerpted from Bloomfield’s written testimony:
“Small, rural broadband providers have for decades been frontrunners in deploying state of the art communications services to their customers. Services that enable local businesses to serve globally and connect rural America to urban America and the world. These impacts are felt not only in agriculture, but in all sectors of the economy that depend on broadband connections, such as education, commerce, health care and government. However, the job is far from finished. Communications providers must not only deploy broadband; they must sustain and upgrade their networks to keep pace with their consumers’ growing demands. We also still face the challenge, of course, of delivering services to parts of rural America without access.”
This Week for NTCA: Congressional Hearings; Council to Explore Network Security
Arlington, Va. (June 19, 2017)—During another busy week for rural broadband policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association will participate in several high-profile events this week, including testimony at two Congressional hearings and the first meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council exploring ways to promote the security, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s communications systems.
NTCA, USTelecom: USF Contributions Regime Discriminatory; Rural Consumers, Broadband Providers Need Relief Pending Further Review
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.