CCA Praises FCC Investigation of 700 MHz Band Equipment Design and Procurement Practices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
February 18, 2010 (202) 449-9866
Washington, DC – Today, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for seeking comment on a recent Petition for Rulemaking to ensure that the entire 700 MHz band will develop in a competitive fashion. CCA strongly supports the Petition, which calls for much-needed rules enabling 700 MHz mobile equipment to be capable of operating on all paired commercial 700 MHz frequency blocks, and urges the FCC to move to a rulemaking proceeding.
In reaction to today’s Public Notice, CCA’s CEO Steven K. Berry stated, “When 700 MHz spectrum was made available, it was expected to help meet consumers’ demands in a 4G world. The FCC should act on behalf of the consumer and the taxpayer to address Verizon Wireless’ and AT&T’s inherently anticompetitive efforts to establish self-serving “band classes” for 700 MHz mobile equipment that effectively block the development of equipment for 700 MHz Lower “A” Block licensees.”
Berry continued, “If these anticompetitive actions by the nation’s two largest wireless carriers are allowed, consumers will have fewer choices, spectrum resources of American taxpayers will be unnecessarily devalued, and participation in future auctions will be discouraged by exclusionary actions taken by larger carriers.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for wireless providers serving rural areas of the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 members cover more than 80 percent of the nation.
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