FCC’s Privacy Rules Put CCA Members at Competitive Disadvantage
Washington, DC – March 16, 2017 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) filed a Reply to Oppositions to CCA’s Petition (“Petition”) for Reconsideration of the Privacy Report and Order (“2016 Privacy Order”). CCA commends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) for its recent action to alleviate Broadband Internet Service (“BIAS”) providers from unnecessary compliance regulations and encouraged the Commission to reconsider its 2016 Privacy Order and align its regime with the Federal Trade Commission’s effective and well-regarded privacy rules.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “There is ample support in the record for the FCC to reconsider its 2016 Privacy Order, and I strongly encourage the Commission to align its privacy rules with the FTC’s regime. The 2016 Privacy Order is particularly burdensome for CCA members, many of whom are small BIAS providers, and imposes resource-intensive requirements on these companies with already limited resources as compared to many larger carriers. Competitive carriers should be focusing their resources on serving their customers and expanding and building their networks rather than complying with unnecessary obligations. Protecting their consumers’ privacy is at the core of competitive carriers’ customer service. That will continue to be the case with or without the FCC’s rules.”
“Oppositions to the Petition wrongly argue that BIAS providers have ‘gateway’ access to personal consumer information and therefore should be treated differently. As Chairman Pai has noted, the reality is that this is the era of Big Data, and edge providers retain and monetize massive amounts of data, especially as compared to competitive carriers. Consumers, competition and the economy will benefit from a well-crafted, consistent privacy regime in-line with the FTC’s well-structured rules, and I strongly encourage the Commission to reconsider its 2016 Privacy Order to benefit all.”
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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