FCC Universal Service Support Key to Success of Rural Communities

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Just, 703-351-2015, cjust@ntca.org
Arlington, Va., (August 22, 2019)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today applauded the FCC’s authorization of $491 million in annual support for the expansion and operation of broadband networks in rural communities.

The funding, made through the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model, or A-CAM, will support broadband deployment and maintenance by small, rural communications providers in 39 states, including locations on Tribal lands.

The following statement is attributed to NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield:

“Our members have long shared the FCC’s interest in closing the digital divide and have helped our country make progress on that goal through the universal service program. Thanks to the FCC’s continued support and the ongoing efforts of small, rural broadband providers, rural consumers and businesses across the country will be served with future-proof technologies and reap the many benefits of robust connectivity for years to come.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the FCC toward fulfillment of universal service objectives and bridging connectivity gaps across rural America.”