CCA Commends Bipartisan Approval of the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2018
Washington, DC – May 22, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (“Committee”) favorably reported S. 2418, the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2018. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for sponsoring the bill and applauds the entire Committee for advancing the legislation, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) to establish a national standard in determining whether rural areas can access mobile broadband services reasonably comparable to urban areas.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Senators Hassan and Capito for their leadership on the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act and commend Members of the Committee for their bipartisan work to advance this legislation. Current law requires reasonably comparable services between America’s rural and urban communities. This legislation will help ensure that rural communities are not left on the wrong side of the digital divide and supports comparable mobile broadband deployment, which will greatly benefit consumers and the economy.”
“Ensuring all Americans, no matter where they live, work or travel, have access to robust mobile broadband coverage is something that Members on both sides of the aisle can agree on. I thank the Committee for its bipartisan work to advance this important legislation and urge swift passage by the full Senate.”
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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