CCA Testifies Before House Small Business Committee
Washington, DC – March 6, 2019 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business (“Committee”) held a hearing entitled, “Rebuilding America: Small Business Perspective,” focusing on current infrastructure needs and how small businesses can benefit. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) and the entire Committee for holding the hearing. Tim Donovan, SVP of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) testified before the Committee and emphasized the critical role that modern broadband services play in allowing small businesses across the country to survive and thrive.
“In today’s wireless-dependent world, access to robust broadband services is an absolute must for any small business to achieve success,” Donovan said, “But the right policies must be in place to ensure rural areas are not left behind as the industry moves toward 5G and next-generation technologies. Policymakers must have reliable, accurate data to determine areas that are eligible to receive critical Mobility Fund II support. With accurate data as a foundation, Congress should utilize all options to advance wireless broadband deployment, including providing direct funding to build broadband infrastructure where private capital alone is not sufficient. Carriers must have certainty regarding the costs and time necessary to deploy, maintain, and upgrade critical physical infrastructure.”
“Policymakers also must ensure that all carriers, both large and small, have access to essential spectrum resources, and streamlined infrastructure policies must be in place to prevent unnecessary delays and burdens. Low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum offer enormous potential for deploying broadband services, and more available spectrum will mean greater benefits for consumers and the economy.”
“Next-generation technologies will transform the world we live in, and with the right policies, small businesses stand to benefit greatly. I thank the Chairwoman Velazquez, Ranking Member Chabot and Members of the Committee for holding today’s important hearing, and CCA looks forward to continued work to ensure no consumer, or small business, is left behind in the digital world.”
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 the entirety of the country. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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