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Positive Economic Impact of the AIRWAVES Act

On October 17, 2018, CCA released a new study on the positive economic impact of the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating WIdespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act ("AIRWAVES Act") will have on the United States, and particularly for rural America. The study was prepared by telecommunications expert Raul Katz, Director of Business Strategy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Inform ...

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CCA/West Research Report: 911 Technology & Trends

In August 2017, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) anonymously polled its members to gather input on current industry challenges and to assess carriers’ ability to meet and report on 911 regulations. We also queried carriers about their plans and timing to offer new services to their subscribers. The purpose of the research is twofold. First, regular input from carriers helps CCA plan and set the associ ...

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Auction Rules and Competition Policy in the 600 MHz Auction

Consistent with countries throughout the world, the FCC is proposing a limit on the quantity of low-band spectrum that a carrier can acquire in the upcoming 600 MHz auction.2 The motivation for the limit is the same as in other countries: to prevent excessive concentration of the low-band spectrum in the hands of the dominant incumbents. It is well understood that such concentration undermines competition i ...

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Benefits of Competition in Mobile Broadband Services: A Study by William Lehr

Executive Summary: The U.S. economy is as dependent on its networked Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as it is on its networks of roads, electricity, and water. Advanced telecommunications services—which increasingly include wireless services such as mobile broadband—are essential infrastructure for a 21st Century economy. Keeping pace with the growth in wireless demand is confronting policym ...

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A Framework for Sustainable Competition in the Digital Age: Fostering Connectivity, Innovation and Consumer Choice

Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)— an organization representing the interests of more than 100 competitive wireless carriers, including rural, regional, and national providers—proposes the creation of a Wireless Competition Task Force at the FCC. Policymakers routinely affirm that ensuring effective competition in the wireless industry is of paramount importance. But translating words into action will ...

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U.S. Mobile Data Pricing Survey: Highs, Lows, Means and Medians

In late September 2012, iGR studied the public rate plans for 60 U.S. mobile operators (not including MVNOs). All of the data was collected from the mobile operators’ public websites only. The operators themselves were neither surveyed nor contacted during this research. The rate plans include both 3G and 4G (using the terminology marketed by the various operators). ...

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Economic Study Executive Summary

Dr. Raul Katz is Adjunct Professor in the Division of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, Director of Business Strategy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, and President of Telecom Advisory Services, LLC. He was assisted by Javier Avila and Giacomo Meille, research analysts at Telecom Advisory Services, LLC. This study was funded by the Competitive Carriers Association. T ...

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700 MHz Device Flexibility Promotes Competition

The Commission should intervene to prevent the balkanization of the 700 MHz spectrum. AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the near-duopoly holders of low-frequency (below 1 GHz) mobile broadband spectrum, intend to adopt restrictive device practices: AT&T devices may only work on the lower B and C Blocks, which are predominantly held by AT&T, and Verizon Wireless devices may only work on the Verizon Wireless’ upper ...

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