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For Immediate Release
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Arlington, Va. (March 6, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has joined forces with 34 groups representing a wide array of consumer, community and business interests in rural areas to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act as quickly as possible to implement a new, targeted support system for broadband communications services in rural America.
The group sent a letter March 5 to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting that the commission not wait for changes to be made to the Connect America Fund (CAF) model in place for larger telecommunications providers before implementing a CAF for small, rural providers. Citing the length of time it has taken to devise a support mechanism for larger carriers and the significant issues that must be addressed before the model can be considered a viable option for support by smaller providers, the group encouraged the commission to immediately address how smaller carriers that serve rural areas can obtain broadband-focused CAF support of their own.