CCA Applauds Introduction of Needed Rural Wireless Access Act
Washington, DC – March 16, 2017 – Today, Congressman David Loebsack (D-IA) introduced the Rural Wireless Access Act, which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to promulgate rules 180 days after enactment to establish a methodology for the collection of coverage data relating to commercial mobile service or commercial mobile data service. Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) commends Rep. Loebsack for introducing the bill, and strongly supports standardized and robust coverage data.
“I applaud Rep. Loebsack for introducing the Rural Wireless Access Act,” said Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of CCA. “There certainly is a need to improve current data collection methods, as the FCC unfortunately has been relying on inconsistent and inaccurate data when identifying areas with little or no mobile broadband service. There is currently no standard benchmarking for data collection to ensure usable signal strength. This is particularly important for rural areas, where the largest carriers appear to overstate their advertised coverage to the detriment of consumers that live and work there and the carriers that serve these hard-to-reach locations.”
“The Rural Wireless Access Act, coupled with the FCC’s plan to develop an effective and efficient challenge process as a part of the Mobility Fund II program to revise and improve data coverage, is a clear indication that change needs to happen. All Americans will benefit from a more consistent and robust data collection process, and I thank Rep. Loebsack for his attention to this important matter.”
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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