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For Immediate Release: December 6, 2012
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC Applauds Bipartisan Senate Letter on Rural Call Completion

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements in support of a letter sent by a bipartisan group of 36 Senators urging the Federal Communications Commission to address rural call completion concerns:

“In today’s highly interconnected world, access to reliable and consistent telecommunications service is essential. Although most Americans are connected, call-completion problems continue plaguing our citizens in rural parts of our country. These problems have serious consequences for safety, security, and consumer welfare. We applaud these Senators for raising this issue and making their concerns known to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC should, through its enforcement actions, ensure that each telecommunications provider, including the least-cost routing companies who may work for them, are complying with its rules and providing their essential services. As the Senators note, ‘these problems have continued for far too long’.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

“This letter sends an important message to the Federal Communications Commission and telephone providers in rural areas. At NARUC we have raised these concerns in the past. The FCC took an important step in issuing a declaratory order in February, and we urge them to expeditiously and identify providers that are not resolving longstanding problems resulting in call termination issues. I look forward to working with these Senators and other lawmakers to address these concerns.”
--NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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