CCA Testifies on Closing the Digital Divide
Washington, DC – March 22, 2018 – Today, Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (“Subcommittee”) in its hearing entitled, “Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills.” CCA thanks the Subcommittee for introducing legislation that will help close the digital divide and supports H.R. 2903, the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2017. Donovan encouraged Congress to ensure the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) utilizes reliable data, tied to sufficient standards, to implement regulations that will allow competitive carriers access to critical Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support, which will help bring mobile broadband services to all Americans, especially those in rural areas.
In testimony, Donovan said, “I thank Chairman Blackburn (R-TN), Ranking Member Doyle (D-PA) and the entire Subcommittee for today’s hearing focused on ensuring consumers in rural areas have access to mobile broadband services comparable with their urban counterparts. H.R. 2903 is an important piece of legislation that directs the FCC to ensure all consumers have robust service, no matter where they live or travel.”
“Universal service is not only a good policy objective – it is the law. To ensure critical funds can reach areas still in-need, the FCC must have reliable, accurate data to determine areas eligible for support, and H.R. 2903 can help the FCC set standards to achieve Congress’s mandate for reasonably comparable services. In addition to USF support, access to spectrum and streamlined deployment of infrastructure will help close the digital divide. I thank the Subcommittee for holding today’s important hearing and look forward to continued work with Congress to ensure consumers in rural areas can enjoy mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts.”
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 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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