Statement by CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry on the Chairman Pai’s announcement of the creation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force
April 3, 2017 – Statement by CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry on the Chairman Pai’s announcement of the creation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force.
“We commend Chairman Pai for creating the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to help implement the CAF II and Mobility Fund II auction. Rural consumers deserve comparable coverage and service to their urban counterparts. CCA applauds the Commission for its continued focus on closing the digital divide. To ensure the limited resources allocated for Mobility Fund II are put to their best use, the Task Force must attempt to standardize the unreliable and inconsistent underlying data to present accurate, on-the-ground broadband coverage that reflects consumers’ actual mobile experiences. This should be a top priority of the Task Force – if you can’t measure it, you can’t fix it – and rural consumers will lose.
As Chairman Blackburn noted, fixing underlying coverage estimates is a, ‘fool’s errand without precise data.’ To achieve Chairman Pai’s goals of ensuring funds are allocated efficiently and effectively, this Task Force should prioritize standardizing an accurate depiction of where digital gaps exists in rural America. There’s strong bipartisan support in the House and the Senate to get this done right.”