Can you hear me now, in rural areas?

Minnesota’s U.S. senators say a new Federal Communications Commission ruling should help ensure rural areas receive high-quality telephone service.

The FCC decided to hold telephone companies accountable for high-quality service, even in sparsely populated rural areas.

“Whether you live in Minneapolis or Mahnomen, residents and businesses need access to high quality voice service,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

Added Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.: “One rural Minnesota business told me that a significant number of its customers’ calls were not reaching them because the out-of-state carrier was not properly connecting the calls. This new rule puts some teeth into our efforts to ensure that carriers are held accountable when they fail to provide adequate service in rural areas.”

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