FCC Should Adopt the 5G Plus Plan
Washington, DC – August 15, 2019 – Yesterday, in reply comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association (“ACA Connects”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), and Charter Communications, Inc. (“Charter”) (collectively, the “Coalition”) urged the Commission to adopt the 5G Plus Plan (the “Plan”), the Coalition’s comprehensive joint proposal for repurposing a large portion of valuable C-band spectrum for 5G wireless services. The Plan would reallocate at least 370 megahertz of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band spectrum from satellite to terrestrial use and remains the only C-band solution that serves the broader public interest.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “C-band spectrum offers tremendous opportunities for carriers, including those in rural and hard-to-reach areas, to provide next-generation technologies to their customers, and the 5G Plus Plan is the only proposal in the record that serves the broader public interest. Rural areas hold great promise for advanced wireless services. The positive economic impact of precision agriculture, healthcare, distance learning, and small business applications will be a boom to rural America. The Commission should look no further than the Plan, endorsed by both cable and wireless, if it wants to give American consumers more of what they need and desire – more spectrum, more competition, more guaranteed benefits to taxpayers, and more fiber for broadband and backhaul. All carriers need more spectrum, and the FCC has a real opportunity through the 5G Plus Plan to maximize the amount of valuable spectrum available for the benefit of consumers and industry.”
“The wide-ranging benefits of the 5G Plus Plan are abundantly clear,” said ACA Connects President & CEO Matthew M. Polka. “The plan will turbo-charge deployment of 5G, expand fiber connectivity in rural America, create thousands of jobs, and collect billions in auction revenues for the U.S. Treasury. No other plan comes close to matching these benefits. Furthermore, the 5G Plus Plan is the only proposal on record that appropriately balances the interests of all affected stakeholders – pay television providers and cable programmers, other C-band users, satellite companies, prospective 5G deployers, and the public at large. And contrary to the assertions of some parties – which the Coalition’s reply comments address – the 5G Plus Plan is workable to implement and cost-effective. The Commission should add some nitro to the nation’s 5G deployment engine by adopting and implementing the 5G Plus Plan without delay.”
Elizabeth Andrion, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Charter, said “The 5G Plus Plan is the best option to ensure valuable spectrum gets into the marketplace quickly for widespread 5G deployment and achieves the broader public interest benefits of funding fiber buildout to help close the urban rural digital divide and future-proof the delivery of advanced video services.”
CCA is the leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
About ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association
Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit http://www.acaconnects.org.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV® programming, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Under the Spectrum Business® brand, Charter provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America’s largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter’s news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.newsroom.charter.com.
Contact: Lucy Hodas, CCA
Contact: Ted Hearn, ACA Connects
Contact: Justin Venech, Charter
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