Shirley Bloomfield

Shirley Bloomfield    

She is the CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 30 years of experience representing the country’s smallest telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to millions of American families, businesses and the national economy.

Bloomfield has a strong track record of leadership in aligning strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities and federal agencies, advancing digital equity and economic opportunities for rural Americans. Under her leadership, NTCA has promoted public-private partnerships among rural communications providers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and FCC, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to rural communities to advance broadband networks and help close the digital divide.

Bloomfield is a strong supporter of national efforts to improve the resilience and reliability of critical electric and telecommunications infrastructure and serves as a board member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and the Southeast Reliability Corporation (SERC). In a moving op-ed in the Morning Consult, she and her co-author share this important suggestion for policymakers: “In short, we believe any community-based provider with a proven track record of performance should be eligible for funding regardless of corporate form. Corporate structure should not matter if your heart and soul has been devoted to bringing essential connectivity to the hardest to reach and serve in America. Leveraging these small businesses will further ensure that our country’s investment in broadband will rapidly result in broadband for all.” A dear Soul Sister championing change for connectivity, equity and opportunities for All.