Better Broadband Data Maps Will Help Bring Critical Mobile Broadband to Unserved and Underserved Areas
Washington, DC – September 11, 2019 – Today, the House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (“Subcommittee”) held a hearing entitled, “Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband Maps.” Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA), Ranking Member Robert Latta (R-OH) and Members of the Subcommittee for holding this important hearing and for including Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Federal Affairs and Public Policy of U.S. Cellular, a CCA member, as a witness.
“I thank Chairman Doyle, Ranking Member Latta and the entire Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing on improving the mobile broadband coverage maps,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “CCA has been very vocal on this issue because we simply cannot afford to get this one wrong. Unreliable maps will deprive unserved and underserved areas from access to critical mobile broadband services, and would risk leaving rural Americans behind in the digital world.”
“I am very pleased so many Members of Congress are supportive of improving the data collection process and the maps. Members, especially those representing rural areas, know first-hand which areas of their districts have little or no service, and it is imperative the maps more accurately depict consumers’ on-the-ground experiences. I thank the Subcommittee for holding the hearing and U.S. Cellular for testifying. Congress should be commended for their work on broadband mapping, and I encourage the House to pass legislation to solve the issue.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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