CCA Commends House Rural Broadband Caucus for Mobility Fund II Briefing
Washington, DC – October 18, 2017 – Today, the House Rural Broadband Caucus (“Caucus”) held a staff briefing entitled, “Update on the FCC’s Mobility Fund to Preserve and Expand Mobile Broadband in Rural America.” Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks the Caucus for holding the briefing and for including Tim Donovan, CCA’s SVP of Legislative Affairs and CCA members Larry Lueck of Cellcom, Grant Spellmeyer of U.S. Cellular and Chip Strange of Mosaik on the panel, and appreciates the FCC’s participation through Michael Janson of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I applaud the House Rural Broadband Caucus for holding today’s hearing on a critical issue for competitive carriers – Mobility Fund II (“MFII”). Many competitive carriers serve the most-difficult-to-reach areas of the country and will rely on important programs like MFII to provide, preserve and expand service to close the digital divide. I especially thank Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Bob Latta (R-OH), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for their leadership on these issues.”
“I thank the Caucus for including CCA in today’s discussion on a very important topic for many CCA members,” Tim Donovan said. “Ensuring areas in-need have access to critical MFII funding will help achieve the bipartisan goal of closing the digital divide in rural America, and eligible areas must be based on reliable data to reflect what consumers experience. I thank Cellcom, U.S. Cellular and Mosaik for providing their unique perspectives. All Americans, whether in rural or urban areas, should have access to robust mobile broadband services, and I look forward to our continued work to ensure this goal becomes a reality.”
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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