FCC Should Promote Investment in Next Generation Networks by Promptly Auctioning FiberTower’s Terminated Licenses
Washington, DC – April 13, 2017 – Today, in reply comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) reiterated its request that the Commission auction FiberTower’s 650 terminated licenses as soon as possible. The facts are simple: FiberTower failed to construct these licenses as of their renewal date, and the licensees were terminated by law. CCA therefore urged the Commission to promptly auction these licenses for the benefit of consumers and the United States Treasury.
“Providing carriers with the opportunity to bid on additional spectrum would result in a win-win-win scenario for consumers, competition and the U.S. economy,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “FiberTower’s licenses were terminated by law, and every carrier – including AT&T – should be allowed to bid on this valuable resource. Allowing one dominant carrier to acquire the licenses would be a disservice to the public interest and runs the risk of further spectrum aggregation in the hands of one of the nation’s largest carriers, especially on the heels of its announcement to purchase even more GHz spectrum from Straight Path.”
“What’s more, AT&T and FiberTower’s requests for a transfer of the terminated licenses violates statutory mandate and should be rejected. Contrary to their claims, an auction is the best and most efficient way for the spectrum to be put to its highest and best use. The Commission certainly understands the significance of promoting investment in next generation networks by affording carriers the opportunity to bid on additional spectrum, as evidenced by the recent success of the 600 MHz incentive auction and the AWS-3 auction. I strongly urge the FCC to reject the pending renewal requests and promptly auction FiberTower’s terminated licenses.”
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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