CCA Commends FCC for Creating Office of Economics and Analytics
Washington, DC – January 31, 2018 – Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted to establish an Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”), which will help to produce data-driven policy decisions by relying on economic analysis as part of the Commission’s regular operations. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends the FCC for creating the Office of Economics and Analytics. Having a specific office focused on critical FCC processes, rulemakings, transactions, auctions and data collections, including in particular Form 477, will help improve the Commission’s policies and processes for the benefit of businesses and ultimately, consumers.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I applaud the FCC for establishing an Office of Economics and Analytics to help improve agency processes by consistently incorporating data-driven analysis into its policymaking. As CCA has consistently noted, previous administrations have relatively poor track records complying with the substantive obligations of both the Regulatory Flexibility Act (“RFA”) and the Paperwork Reduction Act (“PRA”), which are critically important for small businesses with limited resources. Many competitive carriers are small businesses, and meeting RFA and PRA requirements helps businesses like these remain viable, and more importantly, leads to more informed policy decisions.”
“I am pleased the Commission will have a specific focus on its auction programs and data collection processes, especially regarding Form 477. More reliable data will help ensure unserved and underserved areas are deemed eligible for critical Mobility Fund II support, helping achieve the Commission’s important goal of closing the digital divide. I thank the Commission for voting to create an Office of Economics and Analytics and look forward to continued work with the FCC on issues important to competitive carriers.”
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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