The FCC Should Modify the Data Collection Timeframe to Determine Mobility Fund II Eligibility
Washington, DC – September 10, 2018 – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) applauded the Commission for its continued work to properly allocate Mobility Fund II (“MF II”) support so that unserved parts of the United States can be identified, thereby expanding access to broadband services throughout the country. To that end, CCA supports the FCC’s proposal to accept data collected through the challenge process on or after February 27, 2018 until November 26, 2018, as well as the FCC’s proposal to expand the response timeframe for participants to ensure the Commission collects a robust and reliable set of data.
“The FCC is on the verge of allocating MF II support based on inaccurate data, and the time is ripe to adopt tailored modifications to the MF II challenge process to further the goal of allocating finite support where needed in an attempt to close the digital divide” said CCA President & CEO, Steven K. Berry. “To promote an efficient challenge process, CCA supports the FCC’s proposal to accept data collected on or after February 27, 2018, until November 26, 2018. A modified timeline should help ensure an extended challenge process deadline does not unduly burden challenge process participants, and will further help the FCC in its efforts to collect a robust and reliable set of data.”
“What’s more, to further enhance the map and ensure proper distribution of finite resources where needed, CCA supports the FCC’s proposal to extend the response timeframe for challengers and respondents. Providing respondents with a similar timing requirement appropriately balances interests of all participating parties, and furthers the FCC’s goal to receive recently collected data. Because the FCC has to get this right, it should adopt these smart policies to accurately identify areas eligible for MF II funds without overly burdening challenge process participants. Together, tailored modifications like those proposed in the FCC’s latest item will help to close the digital divide and further promote mobile services to consumers in all corners of the nation.”
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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