Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Federal Communications Commission’s Settlement With Verizon On Rural Call Completion

[The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday announced a settlement with Verizon related to rural call completion problems, which affects Vermont among other states. Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has previously pressed the FCC about rural call completion problems.]

“Today’s settlement between the FCC and Verizon is an important reminder that rural areas like Vermont deserve equal access to quality communications services.  Vermonters rightly expect that when they pick up the phone, their calls will go through.  Unfortunately too many rural consumers and businesses have experienced problems with this basic service over the past few years.  This has caused harm to rural economies and jeopardizes public safety.  I appreciate that the FCC is continuing to keep a watchful eye on providers to ensure that this serious problem is corrected.”        

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