FCC Should Grant CCA’s Application for Review and Auction FiberTower’s Valuable Licenses
Washington, DC – April 2, 2018 – Today, in a Reply to the Opposition of AT&T filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) urged the Commission to reverse the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s (“Bureau”) Consent Order approving the AT&T/FiberTower transaction and auction FiberTower’s terminated licenses. The Bureau did not conduct a meaningful analysis of the AT&T/FiberTower Transaction’s (“Transaction”) competitive impact or public interest benefits, and CCA strongly encourages the Commission to instead auction the valuable spectrum.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “The Bureau did not conduct a meaningful review of the impact that the AT&T/FiberTower Transaction will have on competition, the economy and most importantly, consumers, and the Bureau’s flawed analysis is certainly grounds for the Commission to reverse the Bureau’s Consent Order. Competitive carriers want and need access to valuable spectrum resources and should have the opportunity – just like AT&T – to bid on FiberTower’s expired licenses in a proper auction.”
“AT&T fails to provide an adequate defense of the Bureau’s decision and wrongly suggests the public will benefit from the Transaction. Allowing one of the nation’s largest carriers to gain an enormous swath of valuable spectrum resources causes a real threat of additional spectrum aggregation to the detriment of American taxpayers, competition, and the overall economy. Consumers want and deserve competitive options and the Bureau’s unfortunate decision has taken this possibility off the table. I strongly urge the FCC to reverse the Bureau’s Consent Order and auction FiberTower’s terminated licenses for the benefit of all consumers.”
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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