The Small Company Coalition's Campaign to Reduce Regulatory Burden

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December 4, 2016


To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to you on behalf of small businesses in my community. It has come to my attention that many of these businesses face burdensome federal regulation which may make it difficult to compete with larger competitors and drains limited resources which are better used toward serving customers.

Small business plays a vital role in the national economy. According to the National Small Business Association’s 2015 Year-End Economic Report, “small employers comprise 99.7 percent of all employer firms in the U.S. One in two workers in the private workforce run or work for a small business, and one in four individuals in the total U.S. population is part of the small-business community.” Accordingly, if our nation’s economy is to truly thrive, it is important to create a business environment that is friendlier to the small businesses across the country.

Some examples of the regulatory issues facing these businesses include, but are not limited to (Click each example for more information):

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations

In closing, I implore you to work toward implementing more commonsense and less burdensome federal regulations on small businesses across all industries. Our national economy thrives on entrepreneurial innovation, and we must encourage our small businesses to do what they do best: work and serve our communities.

Sincerely,


 



 



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The Small Company Coalition Speaks on Regulatory Burden

Who We Are: The Small Company Coalition (SCC) is an alliance of rural telecommunications companies formed to educate and empower small rural ILEC communications providers on methods to influence and eliminate harmful regulations and legislation. We endeavor to influence and revise regulations and legislation that would impede our ability to provide advanced telecommunications service to our communities. The SCC, which is an initiative led by small company executives, strives to ensure that the voice of small companies is heard by those who have a genuine interest in protecting and enhancing the communication service needs of rural Americans.

RURAL AMERICA NEEDS ACCESS TO RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY



Many small businesses rely on broadband Internet to thrive. From local shops offering merchandise online to the ever-increasing number of people simply choosing to work from home, high-speed Internet is vital to their success.


The educational capabilities offered by broadband Internet are limitless. Virtual tours of museums, historic sites, live virtual lectures and much more can only be provided via high-speed broadband.


While wireless technology is undoubtedly more convenient, for emergency services, landline telephones are far more reliable. With landline technology, emergency services such as 911 can immediately locate the origin of a call, while mobile phones may suffer from poor signals in certain areas (both indoor and outdoor) and are also not able to be located with as much accuracy if the caller cannot provide his or her location.

The Small Company Coalition speaks on "In America"


Employees Trained With Multi-Task Efficiencies Employees Trained With Multi-Task Efficiencies
Rural Telco Managers-Owners Have Committed Their Legacy Resources To Broadband SCC Executive Director Jim Kail talks to U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka about how the FCC reforms will impact Native Americans
Rural America's Networks Are the Prime Resources of Our Economy Rural America's Networks Are the Prime Resources of Our Economy
Our Enterprise Networks In Rural America Are Significant Investments Our Enterprise Networks In Rural America Are Significant Investments
We're Technology Mom and Pops With Service Purpose We're Technology Mom and Pops With Service Purpose
Our Local Networks Put Local People To Work Our Local Networks Put Local People To Work
The Big Companies Have Never Wanted To Travel These Roads The Big Companies Have Never Wanted To Travel These Roads
Rural IPTV: Built and Served Below Cost Rural IPTV: Built and Served Below Cost
Highly Trained Local Workers Providing Local Service Highly Trained Local Workers Providing Local Service
Investing in Specialized Equipment to Provide Service to Rural America Investing in Specialized Equipment to Provide Service to Rural America
Helping Our Communities by Providing an Infrastructure to Communicate and Compete Helping Our Communities by Providing an Infrastructure to Communicate and Compete
Economic Development in Rural America is Highly Dependent on Our Local Companies Economic Development in Rural America is Highly Dependent on Our Local Companies
Helping Our Customers' Voices to be Heard Helping Our Customers' Voices to be Heard
Educating and Informing Legislative and Regulatory Groups of Importance to Rural America Educating and Informing Legislative and Regulatory Groups of Importance to Rural America
Our Members Serve Rural America, Including Tribal Lands and the Heartlands of America Our Members Serve Rural America, Including Tribal Lands and the Heartlands of America
Educating customers on how to let their rural voices be heard. Educating customers on how to let their rural voices be heard.

Grassroots Advocates

The SCC advocates establishing and maintaining a broadband connection between rural America and the world.

All Americans deserve equal opportunity to compete in the global marketplace facilitated by Broadband — regardless of where they live.