FCC Should Grant CCA’s Application for Review of FiberTower Order and Ensure All Providers Access mmW Spectrum at Auction
Washington, DC – March 23, 2018 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) filed a reply to the Opposition filed by AT&T and to CCA’s Application for Review regarding the AT&T/ FiberTower Spectrum Holdings, LLC (“FiberTower”) transaction (the “Transaction”). CCA encouraged the Commission to grant its Application for Review and reverse the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s (“Bureau”) Order on Remand. The Bureau exceeded its delegated authority and applied a flawed waiver standard that conflicts with FCC rules requiring terminated licenses to be reassigned by an auction.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I strongly urge the FCC to review and correct the Bureau’s Order on Remand, which clearly conflicts with FCC rules and statutory authority. The terminated FiberTower licenses should have been returned to the FCC for a proper auction, rather than transferred into the hands of one of the nation’s largest carriers. There is a real threat of excessive spectrum aggregation here, which would be extremely detrimental to consumers and the economy. Competitive carriers want and need access to valuable spectrum resources and should have the opportunity – just as AT&T – to bid on FiberTower’s licenses through competitive bidding.”
“The fact that the Bureau adopted a new waiver standard, without any prior notification, and applied the new waiver to this Transaction, should send a clear message to the FCC that AT&T is receiving special treatment. An auction should determine who acquires additional spectrum, not the Wireless Bureau. Consumers, industry and the economy would all benefit from an auction of FiberTower’s licenses, and I strongly encourage the FCC to grant CCA’s Application for Review.”
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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