NTCA Statement on December FCC Open Meeting Activity

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

Arlington, Va. (December 14, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding today’s FCC vote with respect to net neutrality rules: 

 “NTCA has said for some time that the process leading up to today’s order offered an important chance to get rules of the road right after the net neutrality regime adopted in 2015 imposed heavy-handed obligations exclusively on retail broadband providers while ignoring the roles and responsibilities of the many other actors that affect consumers’ online experiences. We therefore hope that today’s order will not be an end unto itself, but rather a step in a continuing and much-needed conversation about how to strike the right balance in ensuring seamless interconnection among all entities that contribute to consumers’ online experiences and how to enable better access to robust and affordable broadband for all Americans.”

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