Coverage Data Must Accurately Reflect Areas that Still Lack Broadband Services
Washington, DC – June 21, 2017 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled, “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America.” Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) thanks Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ranking Member Doyle (D-PA), and Members of the Subcommittee for focusing on this important issue, and thanks Bryan Darr, President & CEO of Mosaik Solutions, a CCA member, for his testimony.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Chairman Blackburn, Ranking Member Doyle and the Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing on the important issue of mapping and data collection to accurately determine areas that remain underserved and unserved. As witnesses, including Bryan Darr of Mosaik, a long-time CCA member, testified, there clearly are areas across the country that are still unserved and underserved, and the FCC’s data collection process does not accurately reflect service availability on the ground.”
“Today we heard bipartisan members of Congress voicing concerns that current data collected is insufficient. Basing significant policy decisions upon faulty data could deprive rural areas of the economic, public safety, health, educational and social benefits that access to mobile broadband brings. There have been three congressional hearings on rural broadband deployment challenges in the last three days; the bipartisan message is crystal clear – ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t fix it.’ I thank the Subcommittee for their attention to this very important issue and look forward to working with Congress and the Commission to ensure the FCC’s data collection process is modernized.”
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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