CCA Applauds FCC Proposals to Streamline Infrastructure Expansion Processes for the Benefit of All Consumers
Washington, DC – September 4, 2018 – Today, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Commissioner Brendan Carr announced FCC proposals to cut costs and streamline approval processes at the state and local level for 5G expansion. Specifically, Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) supports proposals to bar rules that have the effect of prohibiting wireless broadband deployment, provide guidance on reasonable fees for reviewing small cell applications, and implement shot clocks for review of existing and new deployments, among other modest guardrails. Together, these smart policies will inspire mobile broadband deployment across all corners of the United States for the benefit of consumers in urban and rural areas alike.
“Today’s announcement by Commissioner Carr is more welcomed news for competitive carriers,” said CCA President & CEO, Steven K. Berry. “Too often, state and localities take too long and charge too much for next-generation broadband deployments. We are living in a 5G world, as evidenced today in Indianapolis, where Commissioner Carr noted that building on smart policies is critical to expanding next-generation and 5G services for every community. What’s more important, 5G expansion isn’t just about America winning the race on a global-scale – it’s about making sure all Americans, regardless of their zip code, have access to lightning-fast Internet service.”
“Some states and localities, like Indiana, are enacting common-sense and reasonable regulations. Legislation like this balances the state’s interests with the public’s interests and ultimately serves consumers. All states and localities should follow in Indiana’s footsteps. Unfortunately, there are too many states and localities that are prohibiting their own communities from receiving next-generation technology and services, including telehealth, precision agriculture, and mobile learning. Today’s announcement makes clear that Commissioner Carr’s proposal will respect states’ and localities’ ability to determine what’s best for their residents while promoting 5G technology, bringing advanced services and an economic boon to Americans living in urban and rural areas alike.”
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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