CCA Supports FCC’s Proposed Broadband Infrastructure Reforms
Washington, DC – March 16, 2018 – Late yesterday and today, Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), as well as several CCA member companies, filed several ex partes with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) in support of the FCC’s proposed broadband infrastructure reforms. CCA and its members including Nex-Tech Wireless, HTC Inc. and GCI Communications Corp, emphasized the importance of streamlining mobile broadband infrastructure policies and encouraged the FCC to move as quickly as possible to help bridge the digital divide in rural America.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I commend the FCC, and especially Commissioner Carr, for efforts to improve policies surrounding mobile broadband infrastructure deployment. More often than not, carriers face a plethora of unnecessary regulatory burdens when trying to build out their networks for the benefit of consumers. There is no reason why small cells, many of which are well hidden from the public eye, should have to undergo the same arduous approval processes as large towers, and it is time for FCC action.”
“CCA members certainly care about the rural communities and historic properties they serve and want to ensure consumers in these areas have access to robust mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts. Streamlining the process for historic and environmental review will expedite the siting process, ease concerns and provide much needed clarity surrounding siting applications. CCA fully supports FCC and congressional efforts to remove unnecessary regulatory red tape, and I look forward to our continued work to help close the coverage gap and ensure rural Americans can reap the many benefits of robust mobile broadband services.”
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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