Save Rural Broadband was created by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, and the Western Telecommunications Alliance to educate Americans about Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposals that could profoundly affect rural America. Our goal is to show Congress and the Obama administration how new rules that are just being implemented and further rules still being considered by the FCC are detrimental to efforts to upgrade broadband Internet networks in many rural communities – and how these changes would result in the loss of jobs and decreased economic development in regions of America that need them most. We are working to convince the FCC to modify its current proposal to bring it more in line with a reform plan submitted last year by a unified group of rural communications carriers. This plan is the product of many years of discussion, representing an important step forward by the telecommunications industry to reach tough compromises that will restore regulatory certainty.
To that end, we’ve joined together to create this website to educate you about the consequences that would result from the FCC’s new rules and to urge federal policymakers to adopt a better path forward. Throughout SaveRuralBroadband.org you will find information about broadband Internet access in rural America and the benefits it brings to rural communities, enabling you to learn more about this important issue. More importantly, you will be able to alert friends and neighbors, business partners, and others about the consequences of the rule changes on communities that rely on rural broadband Internet, and you will be able to let policymakers know of the more reasonable alternatives available for reform.