CCA Supports Twilight Towers Program Comment; FCC Should Focus on Critical Implementation Details
Washington, DC – February 9, 2018 – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) applauds the Commission for its proposed Program Comment concerning Twilight Towers collocations, which would permit most collocations on Twilight Towers to move forward without Section 106 review. CCA emphasized that the ultimate success of the Twilight Towers solution will depend on critical implementation details and encouraged the FCC to ensure that the complaint process does not undermine the general Section 106 exclusion for Twilight Towers.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I strongly support the FCC’s proposed Program Comment concerning Twilight Towers, which will help accelerate infrastructure deployment for critical wireless services. To fully advance its goal of expanding wireless access without placing additional burdens on carriers, the FCC should ensure the complaint process does not undermine the general Section 106 exclusion for Twilight Towers. Additionally, the Commission should ensure that Twilight Towers that do not benefit from a Section 106 exclusion are processed as promptly as possible.”
“I am particularly appreciative of the Commission’s clarification that enforcement action will not be taken for failure to follow procedures that at the time did not exist, which will provide much needed certainty to carriers that have been in limbo for over a decade. Infrastructure is the backbone of wireless service and small adjustments in the implementation process can help take a big step forward in the Commission’s important goal of ensuring that all Americans have access to robust mobile broadband services. The ultimate success of the Commission’s Twilight Towers solution will depend on critical implementation details, and I encourage the Commission to strongly consider CCA’s narrowly-tailored proposed solutions.”
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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