FCC Should Create a Flexible and Uniform Spectrum Relicensing Regime
Washington, DC – October 10, 2017 – Today, in reply comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC or Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) encouraged the Commission to pursue flexible relicensing procedures for unused 700 MHz spectrum, while collectively reviewing other spectrum proposals and legislative initiatives to create a uniform spectrum licensing procedure. CCA generally supports the FCC’s goal to free up unused 700 MHz spectrum, and a clear path for future spectrum availability will ensure competitive carriers have access to valuable spectrum resources to deploy next-generation mobile broadband services on the road to 5G.
“Industry is on the brink of advanced technology breakthroughs, and the FCC must ensure that providers can navigate a uniform spectrum relicensing regime to prevent spectrum warehousing by the two largest carriers, and promote competition in the industry,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Competitive carriers must have access to low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum not only to deploy next-generation mobile broadband and, eventually 5G networks, but also to meet consumers’ ever-increasing demand for data. The Commission should be commended for its recent spectrum initiatives, including the 600 MHz incentive auction, to help free up additional spectrum for commercial use, but there is still work to be done.”
“The 700 MHz band is critical for competitive carriers’ ability to thrive in the mobile wireless market, and the FCC must ensure that its 700 MHz relicensing procedures allow carriers to determine the best methods for demonstrating coverage in their service area. The FCC also should heed recommendations in the record that call for a straightforward relicensing application process. The bottom line is the FCC must ensure underused spectrum is appropriately utilized so that all consumers, whether urban, suburban or rural, have access to robust mobile broad band services. A uniform spectrum relicensing regime can help achieve this important goal, and I encourage the Commission to take this opportunity to help promote mobile broadband deployment for the benefit of consumers and the economy.”
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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