CCA Applauds Senate for Passing the Rural Wireless Access Act
Washington, DC – March 2, 2018 – Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.1621, the “Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017” (“Act”), which requires the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) to establish a consistent method for collecting wireless broadband coverage data. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) applauds the Senate for passing the Act, and especially commends Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and 9 other bipartisan cosponsors for their leadership and work on the legislation, as improved data will help ensure unserved and underserved areas gain access to much-needed mobile broadband services.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Chairman Wicker, Senator Manchin, and the entire Senate for unanimously passing the bipartisan Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017. As the FCC considers newly collected data to direct $4.5 billion in Universal Service Fund support for mobile broadband, I hope this action guides the FCC to take further steps to help improve the consumer experience, especially in rural areas. A streamlined, reliable and accurate process for collecting mobile wireless data is critically important to help identify areas at are still unserved and underserved to appropriately target resources to preserve and expand mobile broadband. As Members of Congress who serve rural and remote areas are well aware, there are many areas of the country that still do not have access to sufficient mobile broadband services, and without accurate data to identify these locations, there is a real risk these areas will be left behind in the digital world.”
“In today’s day and age, all consumers, no matter where they live, work or travel, must have access to mobile broadband. Competitive carriers serve some of the most remote and hard-to-reach areas and are ready and willing to build out their networks to provide seamless coverage. Having accurate data is a critically important first step, and I thank the Senate for its action today, which will greatly benefit consumers and the economy, and urge swift passage from the House of Representatives to enact this important legislation into law.”
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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