CCA Advocacy Agenda
CCA 2014 Issue Advocacy:
A Framework for Sustainable Competition in the Digital Age
CCA’s policy agenda for 2013 emphasized promoting competition, preserving connectivity, and protecting consumers, and CCA stressed the need for access to spectrum, devices, and networks as critical to advancing a competitive wireless marketplace. CCA aggressively worked to further these goals and improve access to these inputs last year. In 2013, CCA conducted hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill, testified at three different Congressional hearings, participated in numerous Congressional roundtable discussions, met with the Federal Communications Commission on scores of occasions, and submitted over 150 filings with the FCC. The results of these advocacy efforts are notable: interoperability was restored to the Lower 700 MHz band; the FCC’s authority to conduct competitive spectrum auctions was reaffirmed; AT&T moved off of its previously held position that auction aggregation limits in any form would violate the Spectrum Act; the House of Representatives passed important patent reform legislation; and the largest carriers agreed to a set of principles for unlocking devices. Thanks to your efforts, the influence of CCA and the collective voice of its members has grown significantly both on the Hill and before the FCC.
Towards the end of 2013, coinciding with the confirmation of new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, CCA released a white paper entitled A Framework for Sustainable Competition in the Digital Age: Fostering Connectivity, Innovation and Consumer Choice. Subsequently, the Chairman set out a list of “enduring values that consumers and business have come to expect” which he believes should serve as the cornerstones for adapting regulatory frameworks to 21st century networks. These values include competition, interconnection, universal access, public safety, and consumer protection.
2014 presents several opportunities to strengthen the foundation for restored competition in the years ahead. The rules for upcoming auctions, including the broadcast incentive auction, will provide the first opportunities for new spectrum bands to be made available since the introduction of the iPhone and the explosion of consumer demand for mobile data. The ongoing IP transition will outline the framework for the next generation of interconnection and realization of network effects throughout all telecommunications products and services. Congress is beginning the process for the most significant updates to the Communications Act since 1996. Building on the progress of 2013, and in consultation with its membership, CCA has developed a policy agenda for 2014. Many specific issues from last year’s agenda remain important policy objectives for this year, though the particular focus of those issues has matured as the regulatory and legislative landscape has evolved. CCA will utilize all opportunities, including both business and policy solutions, to support competition throughout the industry.
Specifically, CCA will prioritize the following issues in 2014:
- Universal Access
- Public Safety
- Consumer Protection
To see CCA’s full Issue Advocacy Agenda and more details on the specific issues click here.