CCA Asks FCC to Create a Wireless Competition Task Force
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
December 4, 2013 (202) 449-9866
Washington, DC – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) filed a whitepaper with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) entitled, “A Framework for Sustainable Competition in the Digital Age: Fostering Connectivity, Innovation and Consumer Choice.” Over the past several years competition in the U.S. wireless industry has diminished, and earlier this year the FCC released a sobering report stating that—for the third year in a row—the Commission could not conclude that the industry is effectively competitive. To restore competition in the marketplace and bring numerous benefits to consumers and the U.S. economy, CCA proposed the creation of a Wireless Competition Task Force at the FCC.
CCA charges its proposed Wireless Competition Task Force with analyzing, developing and implementing plans for promoting wireless competition. Specifically, the Task Force should begin its focus on six initiatives: 1) overhauling the FCC’s spectrum screen, 2) designing pro-competitive auction rules, 3) ensuring commercially reasonable data roaming agreements, 4) promoting access to devices, 5) maintaining connectivity as the industry moves to an all Internet Protocol world, and 6) ensuring competitive neutrality for universal service mechanisms.
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee praised CCA saying, “I applaud the Competitive Carriers Association for articulating a set of principles aimed at increasing competition across the wireless industry. A vibrant wireless marketplace is one in which companies of all sizes can compete to provide consumers and businesses with greater choice, higher quality service and lower prices. Working with my colleagues in Congress, the FCC and the wireless industry, we can advance bipartisan policies that will take America to the leading edge of communications and innovation.”
“I strongly encourage the FCC to create a temporary Wireless Competition Task Force to holistically review the six critical policy areas, recognize their interrelationship and impact on competition, and act accordingly,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “The very fact that, for the past three years, the FCC has been unable to conclude that the wireless industry is effectively competitive, should prompt the Commission to take immediate action. Competition benefits everyone – consumers, small businesses, the U.S. economy.. Our whitepaper is intended to represent a transparent CCA agenda to stimulate thought and discussions in support of competition.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.competitivecarriers.org.