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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 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. Shirley Bloomfield serves as the NTCA Chief Executive Officer with 23 years in the telecommunications industry.

NTCA is the source for the latest information on the rural telecommunications industry. For more information about NTCA, download our Fact Sheet.

For media inquiries, speaking opportunities and interview sources, please contact Hillary Crowder, Communications Manager, 703-351-2086 or Laura Withers, Director of Communications, 703-351-2087.


LATEST NEWS

NTCA Applauds FCC Universal Service Actions, Expresses Eagerness to Review Decisions and Engage on Next Steps

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (April 23, 2014) – Today, the FCC adopted a series of orders and initiated additional rulemaking processes to address several outstanding concerns related to the implementation of 2011 Universal Service Fund (USF) reforms and to set the stage for further work on broadband-oriented support systems for rural America. 

The following statement is from NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield: 

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association welcomes today’s actions by the FCC to move closer to implementation of a Connect America Fund that is tailored for the unique challenges faced by smaller carriers that serve those rural areas left behind long ago by larger providers. NTCA also applauds the FCC’s thoughtful course corrections on matters such as the 2011 flash-cut elimination of the Safety Net Additive and the quantile regression analysis caps on Universal Service Fund support that created untold levels of uncertainty to the detriment of our country’s shared broadband deployment objectives. 

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NTCA Response to AT&T Filing Regarding 600 MHz Auction

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (April 16, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to the ex parte filing by AT&T threatening not to participate in the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum: 

“It is unfortunate to see AT&T resort to a thinly veiled threat of not participating in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction to seek out policies favorable to its business plan. It’s important, however, that the commission balance various competing concerns for the licensing of a limited public resource—especially one that has as much value as this low-band spectrum that AT&T and many others clearly desire. 

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NTCA, ACA Explore Ramifications of Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Merger

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (April 9, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and The American Cable Association today explored the competitive ramifications of the proposed combination of the nation’s two largest cable operators, Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable, in a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

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