CCA Applauds FCC for Adopting Competitive Framework for 600 MHz Incentive Auction
Washington, DC – May 15, 2014 – Today, in its Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted rules for the 600 MHz incentive auction. CCA commends the Commission for implementing a competitive framework for the auction, including adopting geographic license sizes in Partial Economic Areas (PEAs), creating a spectrum reserve and allowing all carriers a meaningful opportunity to participate in the auction.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I commend Chairman Wheeler and the Commission for adopting rules for the upcoming incentive auction that will promote competition and benefit public safety, the economy and consumers. Today’s decision is historic and very positive for competitive carriers, especially smaller and rural carriers, and I applaud the Commission for their steadfast work on behalf of competition. Creating a spectrum reserve will allow every carrier, large and small, the opportunity to bid in the auction, which is critically important given the superior propagation characteristics of low-band spectrum. As Commissioner Clyburn notes, the auction’s ‘competitive structure helps to ensure that [the FCC’s] policies are best able to promote more competition in rural markets.’”
“Additionally, utilizing geographic license sizes in PEAs will allow carriers to bid on spectrum licenses that make good business sense for their company and allow companies to focus on rural areas. This is a good day for consumers, competitive carriers, public safety, taxpayers and the economy. Chairman Wheeler and the Commission should be commended for their work, and I look forward to our continued work on this important competitive issue.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.competitivecarriers.org.
Contact: Lucy Tutwiler