FCC Should Reject NAB’s Attempts to Delay 600 MHz Spectrum Relocation
Washington, DC – March 29, 2017 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) an Opposition to the Petition for Reconsideration filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) seeking review of the FCC’s post incentive auction transition schedule. CCA urged the Commission to again dismiss attempts by NAB to delay new broadband investment in the 600 MHz band and to maintain the Congressionally-based 39-month timeframe to relocate this spectrum upon conclusion of the incentive auction.
“NAB has tried before – and failed before both the FCC and the DC Circuit Appeals Court– to delay new broadband investment in the 600 MHz band, and I strongly encourage the Commission to reject any attempt to push back the Congressionally-based 39-month repacking timeframe,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “NAB’s Petition is not only late – nearly 1,000 days past the deadline to challenge the Commission’s 2014 order, but it also wrongfully claims that the FCC failed to perform a comprehensive analysis in determining repacking timelines and procedures. NAB’s Petition is nothing more than a regurgitation of its former baseless arguments.”
“The reality is that the FCC did its due diligence reviewing, analyzing and considering the concerns of organizations from both the wireless and broadcasting industries before developing a detailed transition process following the close of the auction. Consumers want and demand access to high-speed mobile broadband, and a smooth and timely repacking process will help ensure competitive carriers can bring these services to their customers, especially in rural America. The Commission’s 39-month timeframe will benefit consumers, the industry and the economy, and I strongly encourage the FCC to dismiss NAB’s petition to avoid any further delay.”
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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