FCC Must Spur Investment in 5G Services by Carefully Examining the Proposed AT&T/FiberTower License Transfer
Washington, DC – March 30, 2017 – Today, in filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) encouraged the Commission to closely examine the proposed license transfers (FiberTower Transaction) from FiberTower Corporation (FiberTower) to AT&T Spectrum LLC (AT&T) to allow terminated licenses to be properly reclaimed and auctioned. CCA urged the FCC to auction FiberTower’s 650 licenses that previously terminated as a matter of law as soon as possible, to allow competitive carriers the opportunity to bid on licenses and provide next generation services to consumers.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Competitive carriers want to provide their customers with next-generation services, and a re-auction of spectrum in the 39 GHz band – and potentially the 24 GHz band as well – will ensure next generation spectrum is put to its highest and best use. Importantly, an auction would allow the US Treasury to receive funds for deficit reduction to the benefit of all taxpayers. What’s more, the Commission should not reward FiberTowers’ failure to meet its spectrum buildout requirements by allowing the applicants to make a profit on the proposed license transfer. These licenses were terminated – every carrier, including AT&T – should be allowed to bid on this spectrum asset, and that profit should be redirected to the benefit of US taxpayers and the economy.”
“High frequency millimeter wave spectrum provides a real opportunity for competitive carriers to utilize valuable, limited spectrum to deploy the advanced telecommunications services that consumers want and demand. The FCC certainly understands the benefits that a spectrum auction can produce, and I urge the FCC to take a careful look at the FiberTower Transaction to ensure consumers will benefit from a competitive marketplace.”
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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