CCA Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee
Washington, DC – February 6, 2019 – Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (“Committee”) held a hearing entitled, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States.” Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) testified before the Committee along with Brad Gillen, EVP of CTIA; Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America; Michael Wessel, Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission and Kim Zentz, CEO of Urbanova. Berry urged Congress to prioritize expanding wireless broadband services in rural America through reliable coverage data, sufficient Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support, expanded spectrum access for all carriers, streamlined deployment policies, and secure 5G networks.
“I thank Chairman Wicker, Ranking Member Cantwell, and Members of the Committee for holding today’s hearing focused on 5G deployment and technology innovation,” Berry said. “Ensuring consumers in rural areas have access to 5G service is not inevitable, and policymakers’ decisions on advanced technologies is critical – not only in the global ‘race to 5G,’ but also, and more importantly, for the economic, educational, health and social benefit of American consumers. Rural areas are at a significant crossroads, and decisions made by Congress on a few key issues can ‘make or break’ efforts to close the digital divide.”
Berry continued, “First, we must have reliable data to determine where broadband coverage exists and where it does not. Without accurate data, unserved and underserved areas risk being left behind, and the digital divide will become even wider – a result that no one wants. With better data at the ready, Congress should reinvigorate USF policies, ensure all carriers have access to low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum, streamline infrastructure deployment policies and define a clear pathway for enhanced security.”
“5G services promise immediate and expansive benefits to all Americans, especially those in rural areas. I thank the Committee for its focus on this important issue and look forward to continued work with Congress and the FCC to close the digital divide.”
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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