CCA Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Washington, DC – July 16, 2019 – Today, Tim Donovan, SVP of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (“Subcommittee”) hearing entitled, “Our Wireless Future: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy.” CCA thanks Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA), Ranking Member Robert Latta (R-OH) and the entire Subcommittee for focusing on ways to ensure all carriers can access additional spectrum, including freeing up valuable mid-band spectrum for terrestrial use.
In testimony, Donovan said, “I thank Chairman Doyle, Ranking Member Latta and the Subcommittee for holding today’s important hearing on comprehensive spectrum policy. Competitive carriers must have access to critical spectrum resources to provide their customers with the next-generation technologies they desire and demand; however, the right policies must be in place to ensure rural America is not left behind. Specifically, spectrum must be made available in sufficiently small license sizes, and standards within spectrum bands must be interoperable. Additionally, enough spectrum with multiple licenses must be made available to support competition as bands are brought to market, and auctions should be designed by the FCC with incentives for small entities and to serve rural and tribal areas.”
“With focus on mid-band spectrum, C-band specifically, CCA’s proposed 5G Plus Plan with ACA Connects and Charter, provides policymakers a clear plan to ensure the maximum amount of mid-band spectrum is made available for wireless use. A mix of low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum is essential for carriers to enhance their networks and roll-out the next-generation of wireless technologies, and only a comprehensive, holistic approach to spectrum policy will allow carriers to reach this important goal on behalf of consumers, the economy and job growth. The US is critically deficient in available mid-band spectrum for 5G purposes, and C-band is a unique opportunity to advance this next-generation technology.”
“I thank the Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing and look forward to continued work with Congress to ensure no American 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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