CCA Testifies Before House Small Business Subcommittee
Washington, DC – June 25, 2019 – Today, Tim Donovan, SVP of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), testified before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure (“Subcommittee”) in its hearing entitled, “Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward.” CCA thanks Chairman Jared Golden (D-ME), Ranking Member Stauber (R-MN) and Members of the Subcommittee for holding the hearing and encouraged the Subcommittee to help ensure reliable broadband coverage maps to achieve the important goal of closing the digital divide.
In testimony, Donovan said, “I thank Chairman Golden, Ranking Member Stauber and the entire Subcommittee for holding today’s important hearing on fixing the broadband data collection process. Small businesses across the country, especially those in rural areas, depend on access to mobile broadband services not only to serve their local customers but also to reach the global community. Reliable data coverage maps are absolutely essential to ensuring unserved and underserved areas are eligible to receive resources from the Universal Service Fund or any other support programs to help carriers provide services to areas in-need.”
“To produce more reliable maps, the FCC must begin with a more detailed data submission, including updating factors like signal strength, cell edge probability, cell loading, and additional clutter factors. Furthermore, the Commission should ensure the challenge process is not overly burdensome for smaller carriers trying to correct flaws.”
“Broadband mapping will have a real impact on carriers’ abilities to enhance and expand their networks, and the time to act is now. I thank the Subcommittee for its focus on this important issue, 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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