CCA Commends FCC for Granting Tailored Extension to Smaller Carriers in the Wireless Emergency Alerts Program
Washington, DC – November 2, 2017 – Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a unanimous Order granting Competitive Carriers Association’s (“CCA”) Petition for an eighteen-month extension of the compliance deadline for certain requirements adopted in the 2016 Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”) Report & Order, for carriers other than the five largest, and for affirming the schedule for all carriers to geotarget alerts to make them most useful to consumers and public safety officials. CCA commends the Commission for granting a waiver for smaller rural and regional carriers, who need additional time to comply with enhanced WEA requirements, and who desire to continue providing consumers with the latest technology especially in times of disasters and emergencies.
“I thank the Commission for granting CCA’s Petition, and allowing smaller rural and regional carriers additional time to meet the enhanced WEA requirements,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “More importantly, we applaud the FCC and CCA members for recognizing the value of WEA capabilities and for continuing to offer these critical services while upgrading to enhanced capabilities. Additional time certainly will help these carriers meet WEA obligations in this voluntary program without placing a further undue strain on their day-to-day businesses, and to ensure that consumers continue to receive wireless emergency alerts during disasters and emergencies.”
“Consumer safety, consistent service and network reliability are top priorities for CCA members. The FCC should be commended for understanding the unique challenges of smaller carriers and for issuing the waiver, and I look forward to continued work with the Commission to further important consumer safety issues including by moving forward on improving WEA’s capabilities for geotargeting alerts more precisely as recently announced by Chairman Pai.”
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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