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Healthy Connections, Healthy Patients

July 17, 2017 - The telemedicine, or tele-doc, initiative is gaining significant traction not only within the mobile industry but also across other industries due to high deductibles, over-whelming co-pays, and a shortage of primary care doctors. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has frequently recognized the enormous benefits of telemedicine, with programs like its Rural Health Care ...

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600 MHz Incentive Auction Reserve

“If you build it, [they] will come.” Anyone who loves baseball or movies or America knows that famous line from Field of Dreams, where an Iowa farmer is inspired to build a baseball field on his land. The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) historic, first-of-its kind, 600 MHz incentive auction proves that this quote is more than just a Kevin Costner line from a movie. An FCC spectru ...

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A Game of Monopoly: Mobility Fund II & Infrastructure

February 24, 2017 - In a game of Monopoly, whatever the dice roll, eventually someone picks up that fateful card: “Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.” Although some carriers treat the United States like the Monopoly game board - seeking to control as many properties as possible to “win” the game - the mobile ecosystem works best when there are many players competing within one “square.” Competitive carrie ...

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Consumer Protection or Protectionism? The FCC’s Privacy Rules Might Provide Less Choice, and More Confusion, Than Consumers Expect

Consumer protection is a tricky thing. Of course all consumers deserve adequate information and transparent practices, but consumer choice doesn’t have to come at the expense of receiving better broadband service, lower prices, or new and innovative technologies. So when policymakers embark on a consumer protection mission, it seems only reasonable for the regulators to listen to what consumers want and nee ...

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CCA Supports Lifeline Reform that Puts Consumers First

Today the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 5525, the “End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act,” which aims to prevent consumers from receiving Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program resources for mobile services. While CCA supports appropriate USF reform, this legislation fundamentally misses the mark regarding the Lifeline program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) rec ...

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Without the required physical infrastructure, there can be no mobile broadband service.

By: Tim Donovan, VP of Legislative Affairs, CCA | Americans today depend on reliable mobile broadband services not only to connect with each other, but also for critical public safety, economic, and educational needs. As consumersincreasingly demand mobile broadband services for everyday life, our infrastructure policies must be consistent with the important goal of providing robust mobile services nationwi ...

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Fact-Checking the Duopoly

It should come as no surprise that AT&T and Verizon released interchangeable blog posts on the same day promoting anticompetitive myths and asserting false facts regarding the history-in the-making 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction. It’s clear the duopoly is working in coordination to thwart competitive policies that provide consumers more broadband choice with increased competition, lower prices, and mor ...

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Incentive Auction Reserve Has the Potential to Produce a “Wide Spectrum” of Benefits

[caption id="attachment_16080" align="alignright" width="150"] Steven K. Berry | CCA President & CEO[/caption] By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA AT&T’s chokehold on low-band spectrum resources prevents competitors from offering service in urban and rural areas alike.  Low-band spectrum travels farther and is less costly to deploy and operate, which is necessary to deploy cost-efficient m ...

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The Earth is Flat?

The Flat Earth Society insists the earth is not a sphere, but a flat disc. It writes passionately and at length to convince remaining skeptics that the “round Earth doctrine is little more than an elaborate hoax.” Mobile Future may not believe our planet is flat, but one should certainly question its knowledge on the laws of physics and economics. According to Mobile Future, the travel distance of different ...

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