CCA Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of Siting Bill
Washington, DC – October 20, 2017 – Yesterday, Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the “Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017,” the SPEED Act, which implements measures to improve the mobile broadband deployment process. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends Senators Wicker and Cortez Masto for introducing the bipartisan legislation which will help reduce barriers to deploying critical broadband deployment.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Senators Wicker and Cortez Masto for introducing the bipartisan SPEED Act. Infrastructure is the backbone of mobile networks, and there is no question the current process for deploying mobile broadband is rife with bureaucratic roadblocks and confusing requirements. A more streamline process will greatly help speed the process of bringing critical mobile broadband services to areas still in-need, for the benefit of consumers and the economy. This legislation is especially important for smaller competitive carriers with limited resources and personnel.”
“The SPEED Act includes commonsense reforms such as excluding the siting of small cells that will be in a public right of way from the National Historic Preservation Act review and exempting review of certain projects from the National Environmental Policy Act if prior approval has already been granted to the same building or property. Improving the broadband deployment process is in the best interest of consumers and will help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas. I thank Senators Wicker and Cortez Masto for their leadership on this issue and look forward to our continued work to advance this legislation.”
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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