CCA Applauds House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee for Advancing FCC Reauthorization
Washington, D.C. – October 11, 2017 – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Subcommittee) unanimously advanced legislation which includes reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and H.R. 1546, the Rural Wireless Access Act, a bipartisan bill to standardize mobile data collection offered by Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Ryan Costello (R-PA). Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) commends Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Members of the Subcommittee for advancing this bill and looks forward to working with the full Committee as it considers next steps.
“Reauthorization of the FCC is an opportunity to ensure policy decisions and processes keep pace with the telecommunications needs of consumers all across the country, regardless of where they live, work, or travel,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “In addition to reauthorizing the FCC, this legislation includes the bipartisan Rural Wireless Access Act, which would help to create a reliable mobile wireless data collection process to more accurately identify unserved and underserved communities across America, which is absolutely critical. I commend Representatives Loebsack and Costello for their continued leadership on the Rural Wireless Access Act, which will create a statutory obligation for the FCC to use reliable and current data to guide rural support mechanisms, like the Universal Service Fund.”
“I commend Chairman Blackburn, Ranking Member Doyle and the entire Subcommittee for their collaborative efforts in advancing this legislation, and look forward to our continued work to ensure areas in-need are not overlooked in the important data collection process.”
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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