NTCA Welcomes Senate Democrats’ Infrastructure Proposal Including a Dedicated Focus on Broadband Investment

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

Arlington, Va. (March 7, 2018)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ infrastructure proposal that includes a proposed federal investment of $40 billion in expanding broadband infrastructure across the country.

“Today’s infrastructure announcement by Senate Democrats is a welcome addition to the ongoing infrastructure dialogue,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “We commend Sens. Stabenow (D-Mich.), Wyden (D-Ore.) and other members of Congress for keeping rural America top of mind by including ideas about how best to promote access to rural broadband, and we are eager for further conversations about how to help ensure that properly coordinated and effective programs can promote and sustain affordable access to future-proof broadband networks by all Americans.”

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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.