NTCA Statement on Confirmation of Geoffrey Starks to Join the FCC and Confirmation of Brendan Carr for a Full Term

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

Arlington, Va. (January 3, 2019)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the Senate’s confirmation of both Brendan Carr for a full term on the FCC and Geoffrey Starks as a new FCC Commissioner:

“NTCA congratulates Commissioners Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks on their confirmation by the Senate to serve as FCC Commissioners. Both have deep experience in telecom policy issues that can help tackle thorny challenges and identify innovative, practical solutions as we strive for a more connected nation. Commissioner Carr has already demonstrated in his time on the FCC his willingness to roll up his sleeves and examine issues thoroughly through field visits and conversations with stakeholders of all kinds. Meanwhile, Commissioner Starks’ long-standing commitment to public service and his family’s own connections to rural America and telemedicine applications will suit him well in his new role. NTCA and its membership look forward to working with Commissioners Carr and Starks, as well as the other members of the FCC, to advance the statutory mission of universal service, protect consumers, and promote competitive markets and common-sense rules of the road wherever possible.”