CCA Files Application for Review and Petition for a Stay of AT&T/FiberTower Transaction
Washington, DC – March 12, 2018 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) filed an Application for Review, or in the alternative Petition for Reconsideration, and Petition for a Stay (“Petition”) with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) regarding the Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Consent Order”) approving the transfer of millimeter-wave (“mmW”) spectrum licenses from FiberTower to AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC (“AT&T”), the (“Transaction”). The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“Bureau”) approved the transfer of FiberTower’s mmW licenses based on an incomplete and flawed public interest analysis, and CCA encouraged the Commission to stay the Consent Order while it reviews the Bureau’s decision.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Millimeter wave spectrum offers tremendous opportunities for carriers as they move toward deploying next generation technologies. Rather than giving AT&T a head start advantage with FiberTower’s valuable mmW licenses, while providing FiberTower an incredible windfall for spectrum that has lied fallow for years, the Commission should make the terminated licenses available to any qualified applicant through auction. The Bureau’s analysis violates statutes and precedent requiring unbuilt licenses to be reassigned through competitive bidding, and I strongly encourage the FCC to revisit the Bureau’s decision, which harms competition, the economy and most concerningly, consumers.”
“Competitive carriers need access to additional spectrum, and as proven by the recent 600 MHz incentive auction, are capable and willing to invest significant time and financial resources to acquire this critical resource. Approving the Transaction clearly affords AT&T and FiberTower special treatment, and the Commission should not be in the position of choosing winners and losers. The Bureau approved the Transaction based on an incomplete and flawed public interest analysis, and a detailed review of the Bureau’s decision is necessary to protect consumers and prevent even greater market domination by the nation’s largest two carriers. To correct this mistake, the Commission should reclaim this spectrum and auction it and all available mmW spectrum as soon as possible.”
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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