CCA’s Tim Donovan Testifies on the Importance of Policies to Support Ubiquitous Mobile Broadband Service
Washington, DC – March 6, 2018 – Today, the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology and Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade (“Subcommittees”) held a hearing entitled, “Disconnected: Rural Broadband and the Business Case for Small Carriers,” to examine the disparities between large, nationwide carriers and small, rural carriers that contribute to the digital divide. Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) testified before the Subcommittees and encouraged policymakers to implement policies, including sufficient funding, streamlined deployment processes and access to spectrum and equipment, to ensure consumers in rural areas can reap the benefits of mobile broadband services.
In testimony, Donovan said, “I thank Chairman Radewagen (R-American Samoa Delegate), Ranking Member Lawson (D-FL), Chairman Blum (R-IA), Ranking Member Schneider (D-IL) and Members of the Subcommittees for holding today’s hearing and for their focus on ensuring consumers in rural areas have access to mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts. CCA members serve some of the most rural and hard-to-reach areas in the country and are very focused on ensuring their neighbors have access to robust service. To achieve this important goal, Congress must provide sufficient and predictable funding for mobile broadband in high cost areas based on reliable data.”
“Competitive carriers depend on sufficient funding and certainty regarding deployment processes and access to spectrum and equipment. Work is underway to make the U.S. 5G ready, but we cannot lose track on how these policies will help reach those still waiting for 4G. I thank the Subcommittees for holding today’s hearing, and CCA looks forward to working with Congress to advance policies that will help 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 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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