CCA Commends RAY BAUM’S Act for Important Steps to Close the Digital Divide
Washington, DC – December 11, 2018 – Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (“Subcommittee”) held a hearing entitled, “RAY BAUM’S Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide.” Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) testified before the Subcommittee, commending enactment of the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services of 2018 (“RAY BAUM’S Act” or “Act”) and urging Congress to build upon the legislation to further next-generation deployments and close the digital divide.
“I thank Chairman Blackburn, Ranking Member Doyle and the entire Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing, which focuses on policies enacted in the bipartisan RAY BAUM’S Act,” Donovan said. “This law is a significant bipartisan accomplishment and will help to close coverage gaps and stimulate US leadership in next-generation and 5G deployments.”
“RAY BAUM’S Act addresses several key areas that are critical for competitive carriers including spectrum policies, reliable coverage data for distribution of critical Universal Service Fund support, and deploying infrastructure. While RAY BAUM’S Act takes important steps forward, work remains toward the overarching goal of connecting all Americans, no matter where they live, work or play. CCA looks forward to continued work with Congress and the FCC to build upon these steps to close the digital divide.”
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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