Rural and Regional Carriers Support FCC’s Proposed Geographic Area Licensing Rules for Valuable 3.5 GHz Spectrum
Washington, DC – October 12, 2018 – Today, in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) twenty rural and regional carrier CEOs and senior-ranking officials, along with Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) President & CEO Steven K. Berry, supported the FCC’s proposed draft Report and Order (“draft Order”) to revise existing rules governing Citizens Band Radio Services (“CBRS”), or 3.5 GHz spectrum, by proposing to license Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) at the county level. Letter signatories stressed the importance of mid-band spectrum in deploying next-generation technologies in rural and remote areas and emphasized that the Commission’s proposal to license PALs by counties will help protect against technological interference, foster investment in the band, and fuel next-generation deployments to rural and hard-to-reach areas.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Mid-band spectrum is critical to carriers’ deployment of 5G and next-generation technologies, and all carriers, both large and small, must have the opportunity to access this valuable resource. Rural and remote areas of the country need and deserve advanced services just as much as their urban counterparts, and the FCC’s proposal to license PALs by counties will ensure smaller carriers have a real opportunity to use the 3.5 GHz spectrum to bring these advanced services to their customers.”
“The very fact that twenty CEOs and senior-ranking officials joined together on this letter clearly shows carriers’ commitment to enhancing their networks for the benefit of their customers. Competitive carriers play an important role in helping to bridge the digital divide, and it is encouraging to see the FCC recognizes this in its draft Order. I thank the FCC for its work on this issue and strongly encourage the Commission to adopt the Order during its next Open Meeting.”
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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