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CCA Commends Senator Warner’s Amendment to Increase Rural Broadband Access

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June 20, 2012                                                                                                                                    (202) 449-9866

CCA Commends Senator Warner’s Amendment to Increase Rural Broadband Access

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate passed by voice vote an amendment in the 2012 Farm Bill introduced by Senator Warner (D-VA) that will provide new tools to extend high speed broadband services to rural areas.  CCA – The Competitive Carriers Association commends Senator Warner for his work on the amendment, which targets loans and grants to unserved and underserved rural areas. 

CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Senator Warner for introducing the amendment and Senators Bennet, Crapo, Kirk, Shaheen and Webb for co-sponsoring.  Their work will help ensure rural areas have access to broadband services, and the amendment also adds important competition to the award process.  All Americans, no matter where they live, must have access to high-speed broadband services, which will benefit the economy and create jobs. Many CCA members service hard-to-reach, rural areas, and additional funding to these much needed areas is certainly a step in the right direction.” 

Berry continued, “While Senator Warner’s amendment is a positive step to ensuring all Americans have access to broadband, there are many outstanding policy issues such as interoperability, data roaming and access to LTE-ready spectrum that still must be addressed to fully achieve this goal.  I hope the FCC, like Senator Warner, will act on behalf of American taxpayers and implement policies like an interoperability requirement that will restore competition to the wireless market and benefit consumers.” 

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