House Resolutions Lay Out Principles for Broadband Infrastructure

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

Arlington, Va. (January 11, 2018)—Four broadband focused resolutions were introduced today by Republican members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The resolutions, which aim to set the groundwork for further legislative action, are a welcome step in an ongoing dialogue on how best to promote the availability and sustainability of communications infrastructure in rural America.

“We welcome these resolutions, and hope that they will serve as a further catalyst in the rapidly evolving conversation regarding how best to promote access to broadband,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “The ultimate touchstones in any infrastructure discussion must be both how we can build these assets in the first instance and how we can make sure these investments are sustainable for the benefit of the consumers and businesses that will depend upon them for years to come. NTCA looks forward to continuing to work with Congress on ways to accelerate broadband deployment while reducing federal barriers that compound the problem of the already high cost of deploying broadband in rural America.”

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