Legislation and Clarity Are Needed to Secure Rural Networks
Washington, DC – September 27, 2019 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled, “Legislating to Secure America’s Wireless Future.” Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA), Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH) and Members of the Subcommittee for holding the hearing and for including John Nettles, President of Pine Belt Communications, a CCA member, as a witness.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank Chairman Doyle, Ranking Member Latta and the entire Subcommittee for holding today’s important hearing on securing the nation’s communications networks. Pine Belt has been a CCA member for many years, and I thank John Nettles for testifying today and sharing his story and the significant challenge his company, and other small carriers, face to secure communications networks.”
“CCA members, like Pine Belt, care deeply about national security and protecting their customers, and they must have clarity from policymakers on the equipment that they may or may not be able to utilize in order to make the best possible decisions for their businesses. Many smaller carriers may be unable to secure their networks without financial assistance, which is one of the reasons CCA supports legislation that has been introduced in the House to address securing the nation’s communications networks and give carriers needed information and some guidance, in what has been a very difficult situation. I thank the Subcommittee for today’s hearing and look forward to continued work with policymakers on this important issue.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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