U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) issued the following statement on the Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on rural call completion that was circulated today by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn:
While I am still waiting to review the order and further notice that was released, I see this as a positive step forward and hope it will give the Commission additional tools to stop the bad actors failing to complete calls to rural areas. These problems have gone on for far too long, and those breaking the rules need to be held accountable. I will keep putting pressure on the Commission to take swift and decisive action that will restore quality and reliable telephone service in rural America.