CCA Applauds Introduction of Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2017
Washington, DC – June 16, 2017 – Yesterday, Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2017 (“Act”), which would direct the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC or Commission”) to implement regulations that establish a national standard to determine whether rural areas have access to mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends Representatives McKinley and Welch for introducing the bill to identify remote and rural areas that are still unserved and underserved.
“I applaud Congressmen McKinley and Welch for introducing the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Many rural and regional areas unfortunately still lack mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts, as required by Congress, and this bipartisan bill is an important step to helping identify areas still in-need.”
“Requiring the FCC to define reasonably comparable services also would help ensure critical Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support is targeted to locations where broadband services still lag behind urban areas. Competitive carriers serve some of the most-difficult-to-reach places in the country and depend on USF support to ensure customers in these areas have access to critical broadband services. Competitive carriers are ready to buildout and enhance their networks, and accurately identifying areas in-need is absolutely essential. I thank Representatives McKinley and Welch for their focus on this important issue and look forward to working with Congress in support of mobile broadband for 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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