CCA Commends Bipartisan Introduction of Rural Wireless Act to Standardize Coverage Data and Support Broadband Deployment
Washington, DC – May 11, 2017 – Today, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Rural Wireless Act, which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect standardized data to determine areas eligible for Universal Service Fund (USF) support or similar programs. Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) applauds this bipartisan group of Senators for their leadership on this issue, which will greatly benefit consumers, especially in rural and remote areas.
“I thank Senators Wicker, Manchin, Schatz, Fischer, Klobuchar, Peters and Moran for introducing the Rural Wireless Act,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “The first step to expanding mobile broadband services is identifying where sufficient mobile service is not currently available, and it is absolutely critical that important programs like Mobility Fund II use reliable, standardized data to ensure no consumer is left behind. Requiring the FCC to establish data collection standards that reflect consumers’ real world experiences before making funding decisions ensures support is directed to areas where it is needed the most.”
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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