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Upton, House Advance Legislation to Modernize Rural Call Completion

Bipartisan bill ensures integrity of voice communications

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Washington, November 14, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives today in advancing bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2566, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2015, by a unanimous vote. This legislation, championed by Upton, will address persistent problems folks have in Southwest Michigan and across the country with rural call completion issues. These call completion issues have a negative impact on local small businesses and can pose a threat to public safety when important messages go undelivered.

“For many living in the more rural parts of our Southwest Michigan community, communication issues persist,” said Upton. “It’s time we set higher standards for the integrity of our networks and for the benefit of folks who need it here at home. This bipartisan legislation takes meaningful action to address this problem, I’m proud to support it, and I’m hopeful that the Senate will take it up very soon.”

H.R. 2566 requires intermediate telecommunications providers to register with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and comply with the service quality standards set by the agency. It would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among more rural areas of the United States in the delivery of such communications.

H.R. 2566 was previously advanced by the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Upton. More information can be found here.

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