NTCA Statement on Rural Utilities Service Administrator Appointment

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

Arlington, Va. (February 6, 2018)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding Kenneth Johnson’s appointment as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS):

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association congratulates Kenneth Johnson on his appointment. While much progress has been made in deploying broadband-capable networks, much work remains to be done – and we must also sustain those networks already in place for the benefit of rural consumers and communities. Given Mr. Johnson’s rural industry experience, we are eager to work with him on these efforts and to ensure continued efficient and coordinated use of resources across the various RUS programs and the many other federal initiatives aimed at both promoting and sustaining rural broadband. Our nearly 850 community-based telecom providers are looking forward to partnering with RUS under his watch to build upon the many productive relationships already in place and secure an even brighter broadband future for all of rural America.”

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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 it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year.