Rural America Remains a Challenge as Bro

June 17 [Mon], 2013, 1:51


Background: Today the White House released a report summarizing the state of broadband since President Obama took office, claiming credit for policy initiatives and outlining opportunities for future action.

The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.:

We applaud the White House for its report today acknowledging the important role that broadband service providers play in the health of the U.S. economy, and recognizing the enormous investments made by our industry during the last five years even during the recession.However, the administration is correct in recognizing that opportunities and challenges remain and nowhere are these more pronounced than in rural America, where the Federal Communications Commissions national broadband plan goals and its statutory responsibility to assure consumers access to advanced communications services remain unmet. We hope that the FCC will view this report as an opportunity to revisit the aspects of its USF reform initiative that have proven problematical resulting in uncertainty for rate-of-return carriers, diminished investment in certain rural areas, and cancellation of planned construction.

About USTelecom

The United States Telecom Association, USTelecom, is the premier broadband trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry. USTelecom represents companies offering a wide range of advanced telecommunications services including voice, video and data over local exchange, long distance, wireless, Internet and cable platforms.

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