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Duffy advocates for rural

To the Telegram: I want to take this opportunity to thank Congressman Sean Duffy, D-Ashland, for helping Wisconsin's rural telecommunications companies like Norvado. As part of the National Broadband Plan, recently proposed reforms to federal uni...

To the Telegram:

I want to take this opportunity to thank Congressman Sean Duffy, D-Ashland, for helping Wisconsin's rural telecommunications companies like Norvado.

As part of the National Broadband Plan, recently proposed reforms to federal universal service and inter-carrier compensation -- systems essential to providing broadband services in the nation's rural areas -- pose great risk to rural consumers' access to high-quality, affordable broadband.

If the proposals currently under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission are implemented as written, millions of rural Americans could be left behind by the broadband revolution.

The proposals being considered by the FCC could undermine the shared goal of promoting ubiquitous and affordable broadband access by dismantling cost recovery systems small, rural communications providers rely on to deploy and operate broadband-capable networks.

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Such a move would threaten rural economic development, education and health care services.

As your readers know, broadband communications technology benefits society as a whole by supporting the production and provision of a multitude of goods and services.

Fortunately, we have a Congressman in Sean Duffy who understands the importance of small rural communications providers and that broadband availability is an essential prerequisite for rural business development and growth. Congressman Duffy has been a strong advocate for rural Wisconsin, particularly northwest Wisconsin, by co-signing several letters to the FCC expressing his concern about the potential negative impact these proposals could have on rural broadband deployment. Congressman Duffy understands these proposals place at risk the ability of small community-based carriers to continue delivering high-quality, affordable broadband to the benefit of rural consumers and businesses.

I look forward to working with Congressman Duffy to ensure the FCC takes whatever steps are necessary to move away from reforms that would undermine the availability and affordability of services offered by small rural providers in high-cost areas, and instead will implement reforms that build upon and sustain the great success so many rural communications providers have had in deploying robust broadband.

Dave Carter,

Norvado general manager

Cable, WI

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