STAMFORD, Conn., Feb 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The following statement is attributed to CenturyLink Inc., Frontier Communications Corp., Qwest Communications and Windstream Corp. on Chairman Genachowski's remarks today regarding reform of the Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation:
"CenturyLink, Inc., Frontier Communications, Windstream Communications and Qwest Communications are committed to broadband deployment and providing top-quality communications capabilities to the largely-rural territories we serve. We applaud Chairman Genachowski's call for comprehensive and rational reform of the nation's intercarrier compensation regime and Universal Service Fund. We agree that such reform should encompass the pursuit of modernization, fiscal responsibility, accountability, market-driven and/or incentive-based outcomes, and sensible transitions. While there are many important details yet to be worked out, we are eager to participate in the Commission's process moving forward. It is imperative that any of the proposed changes are focused on true consumer benefit and will facilitate long-term network investment, job creation, and improved broadband and voice services.
The National Broadband Plan highlighted the importance of rural broadband, echoing the priority that FCC Chairman Genachowski has repeatedly given to rural broadband deployment for all providers. We agree that the digital divide within rural America cannot be allowed to persist. We, therefore, look forward to a sensible reform process that creates effective and predictable mechanisms that will serve the public interest by promoting consumer choice through support of existing networks and bringing affordable broadband services to all Americans in high-cost rural areas."
SOURCE: Frontier Communications Corp. & CenturyLink Inc. & Qwest Communications & Windstream Corp.
Steven Crosby, 916-686-3333
SVP, Government and Regulatory Affairs