America’s Small Businesses Will Benefit from Reliable Coverage Data, Streamlined Infrastructure Policies and Access to Spectrum
Washington, DC – June 22, 2017 – Today, Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) testified before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade in its hearing entitled, “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America.” CCA thanks Chairman Rod Blum (R-IA), Ranking Member Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Members of the Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing, as many competitive carriers are small businesses and provide critical mobile broadband services to rural areas.
“Competitive carriers are proud to serve rural and remote locations across the country, and oftentimes are the only providers offering coverage in these hard-to-reach areas,” Donovan said. “To benefit consumers and small businesses in rural areas, Congress must support policies that allow these carriers to enhance and build-out their networks. Importantly, and as addressed at several other congressional hearings this week with bipartisan support, is the need to update the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) data collection process. Current data is not standardized nor useful for determining where coverage gaps persist, and bad data could lead to some areas being ineligible for support through the Universal Service Fund.”
“Additionally, infrastructure siting policies must be streamlined, and competitive carriers must have greater access to valuable spectrum resources, including spectrum recently purchased in the 600 MHz incentive auction. The FCC must stick to the 39-month transition timeframe to ensure consumers and small businesses can reap the benefits of mobile broadband as soon as possible; any delay would be to the detriment of consumers and the economy, especially in rural areas. I thank Chairman Blum, Ranking Member Schneider and the Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing and look forward to our continued work to ensure robust mobile broadband coverage in rural America.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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