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USTelecom Statement on Congressional Omnibus Deal Inclusion of FCC Reauthorization and Telecom Provisions

03.22.2018

Background: The $1.3 trillion Congressional omnibus deal to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018 is poised to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and fund a number of telecom provisions.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

“The omnibus deal is a welcome, bipartisan approach to addressing our nation’s connected future. We commend Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Pallone, and Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson for their leadership in securing telecommunications priorities that will guide our industry going forward. Not only does the omnibus agreement reauthorize the FCC for the first time in over 25 years, it consolidates outdated FCC reporting requirements. It also importantly recognizes the critical need to deploy broadband to unserved areas, and USTelecom members will continue our dialogue with Congress to ensure the most effective programs are prioritized to do so.”