PITTSBURGH, February 8, 2021 – ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on the re-introduction of the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act sponsored by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.):
“ACA Connects applauds Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Markey for introducing legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to update the 2010 National Broadband Plan. Government is at its best when it looks ahead at the long-term needs of the country and its citizens, identifies significant problems, and develops serious solutions to address these problems.
“With so many working, learning, and socializing online for the past year, we have learned that our nation’s broadband infrastructure is robust, but that we need to do better. We need to update our universal service programs to connect everyone and maximize use of limited funds.
“We need to remove barriers to expedite deployments. We need to streamline outdated regulations and think twice about imposing new ones. ACA Connects is confident that the outcome of this process will set a productive path forward for the nation. ACA Connects urges quick passage of this bill.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.ACAConnects.org