Reliable, Standardized Data and a Robust Challenge Process are Critical to Responsibly Distributing Mobility Fund II Support
Washington, DC – May 11, 2017 – Today in reply comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) reiterated the importance for the FCC to implement a robust, efficient and targeted challenge process for the Mobility Fund II (MF II) program. CCA shares the Commission’s, Congress’s, and industry’s vision for a successful MF II program and supports comments in the record advocating for a data collection and challenge process that is efficient, eases burdens on smaller providers, and generates accurate determinations of locations existing and eligible for support.
“The fastest, most effective way to close the digital divide is to ensure critical Mobility Fund II support is targeted to rural areas that need it most,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “It is imperative that the Commission identify these locations accurately through a robust, reliable and standardized data collection and challenge process. Equally important, the FCC must ensure that providers submit detailed proof of service coverage in a challenged area, including standardized test data and maps. Regardless of the challenge process adopted, this updated data must replace the current data, and should be consistently updated, so the Commission has accurate data going forward on which to rely for all policy decisions, including those affecting distribution of MF II funds.”
“The MF II program provides a real opportunity to better the lives and economic opportunities for consumers living in unserved and underserved areas often considered the ‘forgotten Americans.’ In addition to support in the record, Congress likewise favors standardizing the data collection process. Recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate directs the FCC to establish a methodology for mobile wireless coverage data that reflects actual consumer connectivity experience. There is no doubt that responsible distribution of MF II funds will benefit areas that need it most. CCA looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the FCC and other industry players to achieve this collective goal and answer Congress’s call for sound data as the fundamental foundation to closing the digital divide and enabling an economic future throughout every sector of modern life.”
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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