CCA Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee; Reliable Data is Necessary to Close the Digital Divide
Washington, DC – April 10, 2019 – Today, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (“Committee”) held a hearing entitled, “Broadband Mapping: Challenges and Solutions.” Tim Donovan, SVP of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), testified before the Committee and urged the Committee to base policy decisions to close the digital divide on reliable mobile coverage data to ensure rural and Tribal communities can thrive in today’s digital world.
In testimony, Donovan said, “I thank Chairman Wicker, Ranking Member Cantwell and Members of the Committee for holding today’s important hearing. Robust, reliable data is essential to ensuring critical mobile broadband services can reach all corners of the U.S., particularly rural areas. Members of Congress know first-hand that the representation of coverage in their respective states is overstated – and in some cases, substantially so. The FCC and agencies across the government should work together to produce the most reliable coverage maps possible.”
“To produce more reliable maps, a detailed Radio Frequency Link Budget submission should include signal strength standardization, increased cell edge probability, increased cell loading and additional clutter factors. Additionally, the challenge process should be less burdensome for carriers. CCA commends the Committee for its focus on this important issue; connectivity for millions of Americans living in rural and Tribal areas depends on sounds policy decisions.”
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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