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CEO Letter Urges The FCC To Release Connect America Fund Monies

By CenturyLink

The CEOs of three of America’s largest telecommunications companies – CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream – recently sent a letter to FCC Chair Julius Genachowski urging him to release funds that will help bring broadband services to more Americans. The letter urges the FCC to release additional Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase I monies “as expeditiously as possible” because these monies will help deliver broadband to more “citizens living in rural, high-cost areas.”

“The public policy established by the administration and articulated in the National Broadband Plan recognizes that broadband connectivity is more than a game changer – it is a life changer and absolutely necessary to our country’s economic recovery and prosperity. High-speed broadband has become an indispensable platform for economic growth and job creation and provides access to educational opportunities and improved healthcare,” the letter states. “The expeditious distribution of Phase I support provides an immediate opportunity to accelerate broadband availability in rural America.”

The letter highlights the fact that “more than 80 [U.S.] Senators and Congressmen from both sides of the aisle have voiced their support for the distribution of these ratepayer-collected funds. CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream stand ready and able to use this funding, in conjunction with our own private capital, to create jobs and invest in rural America.”

The CEOs of the three carriers also emphasized that the time for the FCC to act is now. “The arrival of spring signals the start of the building season across much of America. With Phase I support, hundreds of thousands of households will experience the benefits of robust broadband for the first time,” the letter addressed to Genachowski said. “We look forward to working with you to deliver on the broadband promise.”

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