CCA Reiterates Support for the FCC’s Proposed Geographic Area Licensing Rules for 3.5 GHz Spectrum
Washington, DC – October 16, 2018 – Today, in an ex parte filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) reiterated its support for the FCC’s draft Report and Order (“draft Order”) seeking to revise existing rules governing Citizens Band Radio Services (“CBRS”), specifically by proposing to license Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) at the county level. CCA applauds the FCC for its proposed draft Order and encourages swift adoption at the Commission’s upcoming October Open Meeting.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Mid-band spectrum offers tremendous opportunities for carriers to deploy next-generation technologies, and I thank the Commission for its draft Order which recognizes the importance that all carriers, both large and small, have the opportunity to access this valuable resource. In a letter just last week, more than twenty rural and regional CEOs and senior executives supported the Commission’s proposed licensing rules for PALs – a clear indication that there is ample support in favor of the revision to county-level.”
“Licensing PALs at the county level will help ensure more carriers can use the 3.5 GHz spectrum to deploy next-generation services and 5G technologies. Consumers, especially those in rural and regional areas, stand to be the real winners, and I continue to strongly encourage the Commission to adopt the Order during its October Open Meeting next week.”
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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