MF-II Challenge Process Must Avoid Overly Burdening Small Carriers
Washington, DC – November 8, 2017 – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) encouraged the Commission to be mindful of the complicated nature of the proposed Mobility Fund II (“MF-II”) challenge process and the burden it places on challengers, especially for smaller providers. CCA supports the Commission’s goal to implement an efficient challenge process and urged the FCC to avoid burdening smaller providers.
“I commend the Commission for its work toward implementation of Phase II of the Mobility Fund – an absolutely critical program for competitive carriers, especially smaller providers serving rural, unserved, underserved and hard-to-reach areas of the United States,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “CCA fully supports Congress’s and the Commission’s mutual goal to determine areas that lack mobile broadband service and to adopt a robust, targeted challenge process; however, the FCC must work to ensure the challenge process strikes a reasonable balance that avoids overly burdening small carriers.”
“Small providers with limited resources will face considerable expense and time constraints under the proposed challenge process, and the FCC should allow challenging parties to utilize the full filing window, if not more time, to relieve time pressure on filers. Additionally, the FCC should take into account the fact that coverage and service results may differ based upon the operating system in use on the handset, and should take an aggregate approach to coverage speeds. I thank the Commission for its focus on this critically important issue, and encourage the FCC to adopt a robust, efficient and targeted challenge process that welcomes participation, prevents frivolous claims and generates accurate results to determine areas still in need.”
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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