Statement on Rural Broadband Protection Act

This week, Senators Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Rural Broadband Protection Act.

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

“Accountability and transparency must be bedrock principles of any government program aimed at closing the digital divide. Ensuring that recipients of Universal Service Fund dollars can deliver on their deployment commitments also is essential.  All Universal Service funding applicants should have to undergo a thorough vetting process by the FCC before being awarded money to deploy broadband networks. Thanks to Senators Capito and Klobuchar for their leadership with this legislation requiring all USF funding applicants are carefully vetted by the FCC to ensure they can deliver on the promise of closing the digital divide.”