The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 17

STRUCTURING THE FUTURE

By Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom
Attorney, Telecommunications Law
Professionals PLLC

F

rom pagers and cellular phone
briefcases, to flip phones and
now smartphones, wireless
services have rapidly developed to play
an increasingly important role in the
everyday lives of Americans.
And the demand is insatiable -
Americans want more data, faster speeds,
and new ways to communicate. Industry
stakeholders are meeting that demand
through the development of new,
innovative technologies, with wireless
carriers at the forefront of this evolution.
Some carriers are racing to develop and
deploy next-generation networks, such as
5G, while other carriers, particularly small
and rural carriers, are still working hard to
transition from 3G to 4G services.
There are numerous factors to be
considered when making any network
transition, but importantly, carriers need
regulatory certainty in order to deploy,
upgrade and maintain their mobile
networks, particularly in underserved
and unserved areas. While the Federal
Communications Commission ("FCC")
is in the process of finalizing its rules
for high-band spectrum that will be
heavily relied upon in the move to 5G,
two additional pieces of the regulatory
puzzle are under consideration by the
FCC: Universal Service Fund ("USF") and
Infrastructure Reform. These critical
pieces must fit together to allow carriers

the ability to deploy innovative services
to customers in all areas.
First, competitive carriers need
confidence that they will have proper and
timely funding to allow them to develop
realistic and strategic plans to upgrade
their networks. This is particularly critical
for competitive carriers that anticipate
relying on the approximately $4.53
billion Mobility Fund II ("MF-II") to expand
LTE coverage in hard-to-serve markets
throughout the country, recognizing that
once LTE is established, upgrades to 5G
will be more efficient and cost-effective.
Part of the MF-II framework involves a
challenge process in which interested
parties will have the opportunity to
contest initial determinations that areas
are ineligible for MF II support. In order
to encourage meaningful participation
as well as ensure a fair representation
of carriers of all sizes, the final challenge
process must be efficient and mindful of
the potential burdens to be placed on
participants, such as travel and labor costs.
Properly distributing the MF-II funding
is critical to the success of the MF-II as a
whole and must be done correctly the
first time. Inefficient processes can lead
to delays and inaccurate disbursements,
which would harm competitive carriers
and next-generation innovation.
Second, competitive carriers also
need certainty with respect to the
regulatory requirements surrounding
their deployments. Due to the large
capital investment involved in deploying
a network, carriers cannot develop and
construct networks based on arbitrary
regulations that could change without
notice or explanation. Many competitive
carriers can attest that state and local
authorities have hindered deployment
of both traditional towers and new small
cell and distributed antenna systems by
imposing arbitrary restrictions and/or
prohibitive fees, adopting discriminatory
or confusing local codes, and/or abusing
shot clocks. Money spent traversing the
regulatory maze is money diverted from
THE

ALPHASPIRIT/SHUTTERSTOCK

Solving the 5G Regulatory Puzzle

critical infrastructure deployment. The
creation of a consistent, reasonable and
efficient siting framework coupled with
prompt regulatory review requirements
is critical to increasing broadband
infrastructure investment and enabling
competitive carriers to deploy nextgeneration networks.
Moving to next-generation
broadband services is a top initiative for
the FCC, as well as NTIA and the rest of
the current Administration. Not only is
the FCC considering the above policy
reforms that will have a direct impact
on next-generation technologies, but
NTIA and the Administration have
prioritized streamlining the development
and deployment of towers and other
infrastructure, particularly with respect
to rural areas. The importance of a highspeed connected country is not lost
on the Administration, which recently
announced an executive order and
presidential memorandum focused on
improving broadband deployments in
rural areas. Next-generation technologies
not only will increase mobile streaming
opportunities and capacity, but more
importantly, 5G will drive economic
growth, create jobs and promote
innovation throughout the country and
world, further establishing the United
States as a leading player in
the industry.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Brian L. Spurgeon
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2017 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Coming Soon to a Phone Near You – eSIM™
Solving the 5G Regulatory Puzzle
Weathering the Storm; Using CCA as a Resource in Emergency Situations
Shifting Marketing Dollars to Effectively Catch Today’s Mobile Audience
The Power of the Private Network
(Infra)-Structuring the Future
Keeping Your Email Marketing Strategy Relevant as Subscriber Preferences Evolve
The Future of Wireless
It’s Just Business: Zero-Latency for LTE-based Mobile Computing Is No Longer a Technical Question
How Mobile Operators Can Maximize the Business Experience with Group Communications and Collaboration
The Critical Role of Cellular WAN Failover in Business: Expand Your Service with Fully Managed LTE Failover
“Calling” All Carriers – Do You Use IVR?
VoWiFi and its Impact on 9-1-1
Five Best Practices for Operating Your Cellphone Repair Shop
Dramatically Improve Your 4G LTE Network by Leveraging 5G Technology
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Index of Advertisers
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The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Board of Directors/Staff
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Chairman’s Letter by Brian L. Spurgeon
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 10
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - CCA’s 2017 Annual Achievement Award Winners
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 14
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Coming Soon to a Phone Near You – eSIM™
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 16
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Solving the 5G Regulatory Puzzle
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 18
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Weathering the Storm; Using CCA as a Resource in Emergency Situations
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Shifting Marketing Dollars to Effectively Catch Today’s Mobile Audience
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Power of the Private Network
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - (Infra)-Structuring the Future
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Keeping Your Email Marketing Strategy Relevant as Subscriber Preferences Evolve
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Future of Wireless
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - It’s Just Business: Zero-Latency for LTE-based Mobile Computing Is No Longer a Technical Question
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - How Mobile Operators Can Maximize the Business Experience with Group Communications and Collaboration
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Critical Role of Cellular WAN Failover in Business: Expand Your Service with Fully Managed LTE Failover
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - “Calling” All Carriers – Do You Use IVR?
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - VoWiFi and its Impact on 9-1-1
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Five Best Practices for Operating Your Cellphone Repair Shop
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Dramatically Improve Your 4G LTE Network by Leveraging 5G Technology
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Congressional Spotlight: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
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The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 35
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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