WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 4, 2017) – WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds Senate passage of S. 96, the Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 yesterday. The legislation would require all intermediate providers of voice communications services to register with the Federal Communications Commission and comply with service quality standards established by the agency.
“We appreciate the work of Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Tester (D-MT), and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) for all the work they’ve done on this bill,” said Derrick Owens, WTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs.” We’re hopeful the Senate and House can get this legislation to the President for his signature soon. Our members and their customers have been dealing with this issue for far too long. It’s time to ensure calls to rural America reach their final destination.”
Companion legislation, H.R. 460, was passed by the House on January 23 of this year.