NTCA Statement on Senate Passage of Farm Bill

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (June 28, 2018) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the passage of H.R. 2, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), today by the U.S. Senate:

“NTCA appreciates the Senate’s work on vital programs needed for rural communities across America, and we appreciate the continued collaboration to ensure rural development programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture—including the Rural Utilities Service’s (RUS) Rural Broadband Program—are employed to their fullest potential. Small, rural broadband providers have leveraged a mix of community commitment, entrepreneurial spirit, private capital, and critical programs like those made available through RUS and the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to lead the charge in deploying robust broadband in the most rural portions of our country. We look forward to building upon this early progress, and making the best possible use of the valuable resources through programs such as those contained in the Farm Bill to advance and sustain rural broadband.”


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of  transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture, and education and contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit us at www.ntca.org.