CCA Testifies on Preserving and Expanding Mobile Broadband Deployment in Rural America
Washington, DC – March 13, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet (“Subcommittee”) held a hearing entitled, “Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: Investing in Next Generation Broadband.” Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) testified before the Subcommittee and encouraged Congress to establish policies that provide sufficient and predictable funding, utilize reliable data and streamline access to site equipment and new spectrum.
“I thank Chairman Wicker, Ranking Member Schatz and Members of the Subcommittee for their work to close the digital divide so that consumers in rural areas can enjoy access to mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts,” Berry said. “With consumers demanding more every day, wireless data use is predicted to grow another five-fold over the next five years, and without streamlined policies in place, there is a real risk of rural America falling behind in the pursuit of a 5G-IoT world.”
“It is no secret that rural areas also can be the most difficult to serve, and many CCA members provide, or want to expand, service in these areas. To achieve this goal, policymakers must provide sufficient and predictable funding for these high cost areas, based on reliable, accurate data. Unfortunately, the FCC’s recent eligibility areas map for Mobility Fund II does not match the experience of rural consumers. In addition, streamlined infrastructure policies will increase certainty and decrease costs to accelerate mobile broadband deployment, especially in rural areas. I thank the Subcommittee for today’s hearing and look forward to working with Congress to ensure all Americans – whether urban, rural or suburban – can reap the many benefits of mobile broadband.”
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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