FCC Should Ensure All Carriers Can Efficiently Deploy Next-Generation Technologies Using mmW Spectrum
Washington, DC – April 11, 2018 – Today, in ex partes filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) applauded the Commission’s efforts to facilitate access to additional spectrum resources through its draft Public Notice seeking comment on bidding procedures for the 28 GHz and 24 GHz auctions. CCA further encouraged the FCC to expeditiously auction all available millimeter wave (“mmW”) spectrum bands and to adopt proposals that will foster innovation and investment by all carriers.
“I commend the Commission for recognizing the incredible potential that mmW spectrum provides for carriers in deploying next-generation technologies and, soon, 5G,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “I encourage the Commission, during its upcoming April Open Meeting, to adopt the draft Public Notice and ensure all carriers – from the largest to the very small – can efficiently utilize vital mmW spectrum to provide consumers with the most advanced services and devices they want and demand.”
“Ensuring competitive carriers have a meaningful opportunity to acquire additional spectrum resources is particularly important, especially in light of the recent Verizon/Straight Path and AT&T/FiberTower transactions, which placed enormous swaths of valuable spectrum into the hands of the largest national carriers. Consumers, industry and the economy all benefit from a competitive playing field, and all carriers should be afforded an opportunity to access 5G spectrum at auction. I thank the Commission for its work on this important issue and urge adoption of procompetitive proposals in the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding.”
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.
# # #