CCA Urges FCC to Promptly Streamline Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Regulations
Washington, DC – March 8, 2017 – Today, CCA filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) in response to the Public Notice seeking comment on Mobilitie, LLC’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling and other broadband deployment barriers. CCA encouraged the FCC to take a number of steps to clear the way for next-generation broadband deployment, including to reduce siting delays; tie any siting fees to actual review and maintenance costs; actively educate state and local entities regarding the benefits of next-generation wireless service; clarify Sections 253 and 332 of the Communications Act; and address infrastructure delays and costs throughout other federal siting requirements, such as Section 106 review per the National Historic Preservation Act.
“Competitive carriers play a critical role in ensuring consumers, especially those in rural areas, have access to high-speed mobile broadband services, and depend on sound infrastructure policy to achieve this important goal,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Unfortunately, CCA members’ experiences with some federal, state and local authorities have, more often than not, been laden with unreasonable delays, poor communication, inflated fees, or disregard for ‘shot clocks’ and review timelines. Delays and unreasonable costs waste resources that could otherwise go directly to deploying mobile broadband services. There is much the FCC can do to help ensure consumers have access to next-generation services. Chairman Pai and his colleagues Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly already have identified many actions such as reducing siting permit delays, addressing the unreasonable fees assessed on siting applicants and providing state and local entities educational resources on the benefits of next-generation wireless service.”
“CCA is pleased that the FCC seems prepared to act in a bipartisan fashion to streamline timely deployment; getting this right will have a big impact on bringing new and better connectivity—not to mention jobs and economic opportunities—to the areas that need it most.”
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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