Policymakers Must Maintain the Incentive Auction Repacking Timeline to Ensure a Safe and Efficient Transition for Consumers and Industry
Washington, DC – September 7, 2017 – Today, Rebecca Murphy Thompson, EVP & General Counsel of Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), testified before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in a hearing entitled, “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges.” CCA thanks Chairman Walden (R-OR), Ranking Member Pallone (D-NJ), Subcommittee Chairman Blackburn (R-TN), Subcommittee Ranking Member Doyle (D-PA) and the entire Subcommittee for holding the hearing and encourages Congress and the FCC to stay the course to ensure the incentive auction repacking process is safe, efficient, and promotes the deployment of valuable spectrum resources to serve consumers and power economic growth.
“I thank the Subcommittee for holding this timely hearing, as the repacking process represents the third and final stage of the historic 600 MHz incentive auction,” Thompson said. “CCA applauds Chairman Blackburn, Ranking Member Doyle and the entire Subcommittee for their leadership in authorizing and overseeing the first-of-its-kind incentive auction, and encourages Congress and the FCC to focus on ensuring this valuable low-band spectrum– a taxpayer owned resource – is deployed as quickly as possible for the benefit of consumers and the economy.”
“Competitive carriers played a leading role in driving the auction, and CCA members in particular spent over $15 billion to acquire nearly 2,400 spectrum licenses to build out in rural areas. These carriers must have access to purchased spectrum as soon as possible to expand their networks and help close the digital divide.”
“The congressionally-based 39-month timeframe provides ample time to relocate the 600 MHz spectrum, and CCA strongly encourages the repacking process to proceed as scheduled. This is not a broadcaster versus wireless issue; it’s a consumer issue. Congress and the FCC have committed that broadcasters will not go dark in the transition, and CCA is steadfast in our efforts to work alongside Congress, the FCC, and the broadcaster community to ensure a timely and safe transition period for the benefit of consumers, competition and the economy.”
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.