CCA Commends Senators Wicker and Thune for Introducing the 5G Spectrum Act
Washington, DC – November 18, 2019 – Today, Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the 5G Spectrum Act, which would ensure mid-band spectrum is made available quickly through a public auction process led by the Federal Communications Commission and would require that at least fifty percent of the value of auction revenues be reserved for the American people. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends Senators Wicker and Thune for introducing the legislation and supports a public auction and the corresponding benefits to American taxpayers.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I applaud Senators Wicker and Thune for introducing the 5G Spectrum Act; CCA strongly supports the legislation. CCA has long supported an FCC-led auction for this valuable swath of spectrum, and it is good news all around that the experts at the FCC will conduct a public auction.”
“The 5G Spectrum Act clearly has the public interest in mind by ensuring at least fifty percent of the auction proceeds are reserved for American taxpayers. The C-band spectrum is a taxpayer-owned resource, and it only makes sense that a significant portion of the proceeds benefit the U.S. Treasury or are otherwise used as directed by Congress. It is a good day for consumers, competition and the economy, and I thank Senators Wicker and Thune for their work on this important issue.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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