The following statement can be attributed to Carri Bennet, RWA’s General Counsel.

Arlington, VA – The Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) looks forward to working with new FCC leadership on issues important to the provision of mobile wireless service in rural America, including Mobility Fund Phase II, Data Roaming, and Business Data Services.

In particular, there is no program more vital than Mobility Fund Phase II (“MFII”) to RWA members’ ability to maintain and expand rural wireless networks and provide essential voice and broadband service to rural consumers. RWA members have devoted significant time and tremendous resources – resources that were already in limited supply – to moving the MFII proceeding forward. They are eager for regulatory and financial certainty to inform their network infrastructure investments, and expect the new administration will provide some indication of its plans for MFII in the near term.

About RWA – Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Rural Wireless Association is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers that each serve fewer than 100,000 subscribers. RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient and innovative telecommunications technologies to remote and underserved communities. For more information visit www.ruralwireless.org.

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