CCA Commends Bipartisan Introduction of the Broadband DATA Act
Washington, DC – June 13, 2019 – Yesterday, Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Gary Peters (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (“Broadband DATA Act”), which would require the Federal Communications Commission to issue rules regarding data collection with respect to broadband service availability. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends the introduction of this bipartisan legislation and its focus on improving reliability through updating propagation model standards.
“I commend Senators Wicker, Peters, Thune, and Klobuchar for their bipartisan work to improve the FCC’s data collection process,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Every Member of Congress representing a rural area knows the unfortunate reality that there are still many unserved and underserved areas across the country. The Broadband DATA Act provides much-needed reform to current data collection methods to more reliably reflect consumers’ on-the-ground experiences. Specifically, requiring mobile carriers to provide modeled coverage based on standards that exceed those used in the Mobility Fund Phase II data collection will improve the reliability of the resulting map.”
“A more reliable data collection process will help identify areas still in need of critical mobile broadband services, benefiting both consumers and the economy. It will also target support resources, such as Mobility Fund II, to areas where support is needed to preserve and expand service. I thank Senators Wicker, Peters, Thune, and Klobuchar for their leadership on this important issue, and CCA looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to produce more reliable coverage data.”
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 the entirety of the country. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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