FCC Should Make More mmW Spectrum Available for Competitive Carriers
Washington, DC – November 9, 2017 – Today, in an ex parte filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) reiterated its request that the FCC make more millimeter wave (“mmW”) spectrum available to competitive carriers and provide for an expeditious auction of mmW spectrum to allow industry the opportunity to develop a dynamic and competitive marketplace.
“Millimeter wave spectrum offers tremendous opportunities for competitive carriers to bring next-generation technologies to their customers, and it is absolutely critical for the FCC to ensure competitive carriers have access to as much of this valuable resource as possible” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Rather than allowing the duopoly to acquire mmW spectrum, the FCC should expeditiously auction the spectrum, a taxpayer owned resource. The Commission also should allow incumbent local multipoint distribution service spectrum licensees to retain their original geographic size; failing to adopt this change will have a detrimental impact on rural carriers who have invested significant resources to comply with the FCC’s buildout obligations.”
“Additionally, CCA agrees with proposals in the record encouraging the Commission to license the 24 GHz band using 100 MHz blocks, as opposed to the FCC’s proposal of splitting the band. Utilizing 100 MHz blocks will allow a variety of carriers to acquire licenses in the band, which will benefit consumers and industry competition. With several pending transactions including Verizon/Straight Path and AT&T/FiberTower currently on the table, there is a real risk of preventing competitors from the opportunity to acquire valuable mmW spectrum. The FCC should work to ensure all carriers, both large and small, have the opportunity to acquire mmW spectrum, which will benefit the economy, competition and American taxpayers.”
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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