Removing Barriers to Advanced Broadband Services Deployment Will Benefit Consumers and Economy
Washington, DC – June 15, 2017 – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) encouraged the Commission to create strong national standards for broadband deployment to stimulate increased investment and buildout, especially in rural, historically underserved areas. Specifically, the FCC should exercise its authority to streamline state and local siting procedures, clarify historic review compliance processes, create timelines for environmental assessment review, and adopt its proposed Twilight Towers review process.
“I commend the FCC for its commitment to promoting mobile broadband infrastructure nationwide – an important goal that will generate enormous benefits for consumers and the economy,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “The unfortunate reality is that competitive carriers often face substantial burdens trying to deploy mobile broadband services to areas in-need, and there are several steps the Commission can take to address these challenges. Importantly, the Commission should streamline state and local siting procedures, which currently have been laden with unreasonable delays, poor communication, inflated fees, or a disregard for ‘shot clocks’ and review timelines.”
“As discussed in CCA’s recently-released white paper, the Commission should address unreasonable siting fees stemming from the historic review process to promote infrastructure deployment in both rural and urban areas. Additionally, I encourage the Commission to create timelines for environmental assessment review and broadening siting exclusions, adopt its proposed Twilight Towers review process, and preserve certain network discontinuance and change rules that boost transparency throughout the process. Infrastructure is the backbone of wireless services, and streamlined regulatory processes will hasten the deployment of critical broadband services across the country benefitting carriers, consumers and the economy.”
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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