Rural America Needs the Current Telecommunications Act To be Enforced, Not 'Relaxed'

Competition Will Drive Innovation and Services

Desperately Needed by the Farm Economy



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Truth About Trade and Technology

    DES MOINES, Iowa, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Key among the challenges faced
 by rural America today is the need to keep pace with the growth in technology
 and the deployment of advanced telecommunications services.  The legislation
 -- H.R. 1542, The Internet Freedom & Broadband Deployment Act being introduced
 in the US House by Representatives Tauzin and Dingell will make matters worse,
 rather than better, for rural families and businesses.
     "Technology is the backbone of America's farm economy," according to Dean
 Kleckner, Chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology.  "Access to Internet
 and advanced telecommunications technologies are the marketing and production-
 information tools we need that can boost productivity and serve as part of the
 solution for the economic problems we currently face."
     Kleckner went on to say, "Farmers know that competition is good as we sell
 and buy the products we produce.  Competition to provide our telecommunication
 and technology needs is good as well."  One way to do that is to pressure the
 regulatory authorities at both the state and federal level to help break the
 monopoly held by the local phone companies and give all customers a choice of
 telecommunications providers.  "If we don't allow and encourage more
 competition, the giants like Qwest, Verizon, BellSouth and SBC will move in
 quickly to totally re-monopolize the entire telecommunications market.  If
 that happens, it will be yet another setback for the economy of rural America,
 and unfortunately that is what will happen with this legislation."
     Dean Kleckner is chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology
 (http://www.truthabouttrade.org ), an Iowa-based national grassroots advocacy
 organization working to improve the farm economy.  Mr. Kleckner, long
 considered one of the leading voices of American and world agriculture, served
 as President of the American Farm Bureau for fourteen years and was the only
 farmer on the U.S. GATT Advisory Team that began with the Uruguay Round in
 1986.  Mr. Kleckner owns a 350-acre corn, soybean and hog farm near Rudd,
 Iowa.
     For more information, or to interview Dean Kleckner, please contact Mary
 Boote at 515-274-0800.
 
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    DES MOINES, Iowa, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Key among the challenges faced
 by rural America today is the need to keep pace with the growth in technology
 and the deployment of advanced telecommunications services.  The legislation
 -- H.R. 1542, The Internet Freedom & Broadband Deployment Act being introduced
 in the US House by Representatives Tauzin and Dingell will make matters worse,
 rather than better, for rural families and businesses.
     "Technology is the backbone of America's farm economy," according to Dean
 Kleckner, Chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology.  "Access to Internet
 and advanced telecommunications technologies are the marketing and production-
 information tools we need that can boost productivity and serve as part of the
 solution for the economic problems we currently face."
     Kleckner went on to say, "Farmers know that competition is good as we sell
 and buy the products we produce.  Competition to provide our telecommunication
 and technology needs is good as well."  One way to do that is to pressure the
 regulatory authorities at both the state and federal level to help break the
 monopoly held by the local phone companies and give all customers a choice of
 telecommunications providers.  "If we don't allow and encourage more
 competition, the giants like Qwest, Verizon, BellSouth and SBC will move in
 quickly to totally re-monopolize the entire telecommunications market.  If
 that happens, it will be yet another setback for the economy of rural America,
 and unfortunately that is what will happen with this legislation."
     Dean Kleckner is chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology
 (http://www.truthabouttrade.org ), an Iowa-based national grassroots advocacy
 organization working to improve the farm economy.  Mr. Kleckner, long
 considered one of the leading voices of American and world agriculture, served
 as President of the American Farm Bureau for fourteen years and was the only
 farmer on the U.S. GATT Advisory Team that began with the Uruguay Round in
 1986.  Mr. Kleckner owns a 350-acre corn, soybean and hog farm near Rudd,
 Iowa.
     For more information, or to interview Dean Kleckner, please contact Mary
 Boote at 515-274-0800.
 
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