Competitive Carriers Are Utilizing LMDS Spectrum to Bridge the Digital Divide Despite Claims that will “Fix” the Band
Washington, DC – May 3, 2017 – Late yesterday, in an ex parte filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) encouraged the Commission to reject proposals to relax certain satellite operations rules in local multi-point distribution service (LMDS) spectrum adopted in the Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order. The Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order was rightly designed to protect terrestrial mobile use of LMDS spectrum because competitive carriers are using and investing in engineering solutions for LMDS spectrum to help bridge the digital divide. Changing satellite operation rules for LMDS spectrum would curtail competitive carriers’ progress and investment to the detriment of rural consumers.
“Many competitive carriers are currently utilizing and have invested in LMDS spectrum, and any disruption to their progress will harm small and rural businesses and negatively impact consumers in rural America,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Satellite operators’ claims that they will bridge the digital divide are couched in false terms. Satellite services can be helpful but are not a panacea. Policymakers should not ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’.”
“Competitive carriers want to provide customers in rural and remote areas with access to high-speed mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts. LMDS spectrum is being tested as a vehicle for 5G speeds and capabilities, and in time will provide a credible terrestrial-based service opportunity for incumbent competitive carrier LMDS licensees to bring 5G services and speeds to rural and underserved areas. It is in the public’s best interest to reward competitive carriers’ progress here, and I encourage the Commission to reject the satellite operators’ proposals and maintain the operating rules it adopted in the Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order.”
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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