Grass roots support to fix the ‘Call Completion’ issue highlighted previously in this space is starting to take shape. Elected officials are banding together to request action on the part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The telecommunications industry’s leading association, NTCA, this week announced that a letter signed by a bipartisan group of more than 30 senators led by Sen. Tim Johnson (S.D.) was sent to the FCC saying that call completion problems plaguing rural communities have continued for far too long and must be addressed with additional investigation to put an end to the epidemic once and for all.
“Instances of calls not completing or resulting in ‘dead air’ are rampant in rural communities and in many cases are getting worse,” said National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield.
“While the FCC’s declaratory ruling nearly 10 months ago was a positive step, it has become obvious that more investigation and actual enforcement is necessary to put an end to the bad practices underlying this problem,” Bloomfield said.
And while this week’s official letter from Capitol Hill won’t be the last word on the subject, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Will the FCC take action now that the ball has been firmly placed in their court? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, feel free to let the FCC Commissioners know your thoughts on this issue plaguing rural America. Call and/or email them directly using their respective contact information:
Chairman Julius Genachowski – Tel: 202-418-1000; Email: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell – Tel: 202.418.2200; Email: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn – Tel: 202.418.2100 Email: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel – Tel: 202-418-2400; Email: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Commissioner Ajit Pai – Tel: 202-418-2000; Email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
or use good old-fashioned U.S. mail and send your letters to:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.
They can’t ignore this issue forever, can they?