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Statement: Response to FCC’s Rural Forbearance Order

Background: The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to eliminate disparate treatment of Rural Broadband Providers. The order grants forbearance from applying Universal Service Fund contribution requirements to rural carriers’ broadband Internet access transmission services.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom: 

“Many rural broadband providers are faced with extraordinary deployment costs and regulations. The Commission’s decision today will help ease those burdens and incent providers to continue investing in—and connecting— communities in every corner of the nation.”