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Adams Telephone Co-op urges lawmakers to boost rural broadband funding

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018 12:10 am Updated: Apr. 28, 2018 12:14 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Adams Telephone Cooperative representatives met this month with legislators to discuss the importance of funding rural telephone companies while in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Rural Broadband Association's Legislative and Policy Conference.

Almost 500 rural telecom representatives from across the country met in the capital for educational briefings about emerging rules and regulations in the industry.

The Adams Telephone Cooperative representatives met with the offices of U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and discussed the high-cost Universal Service Fund, the primary mechanism by which broadband infrastructure is deployed in rural areas. Adams representatives stressed that the program's current budget is not sufficient, despite actions by the FCC to address the USF budget crisis.

"We are concerned that these USF programs, due to insufficient and unpredictable budgets, may be falling short of achieving our country's mandate to provide reasonably comparable telecommunications services at reasonably comparable rates to rural and urban Americans alike," said Jim Broemmer, Adams Telephone Co-Operative CEO. "We think Congress has a role to play in encouraging the FCC to act."

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