The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 11)

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO Important Infrastructure Issues for Carriers * By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA A mericans depend on reliable mobile broadband service no matter where they live, work or travel, and it goes without saying that mobile broadband is absolutely critical for the economy, public safety, education, medical advancements, and much, much more. Infrastructure is a key component of every carrier's business, and for carriers to meet the ever-increasing consumer demand, infrastructure policies must be consistent with the important goal of providing robust mobile services nationwide. CCA members serve some of the most rural and hard-to-reach areas of the United States and are in the best position to provide service to currently unserved and underserved areas, many of which include federal lands. While federal lands and facilities may be prime locations to site facilities, many competitive carriers unfortunately have faced substantial obstacles working to make these deployments a reality. Here are just a few of the many challenges CCA members have experienced: * Lost or misplaced tower siting applications; * Lack of communication or contact person from the federal agency; Unreasonably long delays waiting for application approval or denial; * Rejected applications without explanation; * Locations rejected, only to be determined months (or even years) later as the most appropriate site; * Redundant historical or environmental reviews causing delays and additional costs. This list is just a sample of the many difficulties competitive carriers face, and it is time for the FCC, Congress, and the Administration to act to ensure a smoother, more reasonable process - for the benefit of consumers and the economy. CCA recommends implementing and enforcing shot clocks for applications with federal agencies to avoid unreasonable, lengthy delays to reach a decision. The mobile industry is growing at rapid speeds, and carriers should not have to wait excessively long periods of time for an answer on whether or not they may proceed with the build-out. Other actions policymakers can take include: implementing master applications to standardize and streamline the process; generating a database of federal lands and assets for easy access to information; establishing a point of contact for applicants; and taking advantage of deploying broadband infrastructure in locations where ground has already been disturbed. Adopting these recommendations would help alleviate some of the difficulties competitive carriers have trying to expand their services. On the whole, there should be a much more practical view on how to streamline the process and make it easier on all involved. Even the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of providing adequate and timely information to wireless carriers, as confirmed in its decision in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, GA last year. CCA supported T-Mobile THE and was very pleased with the Court's decision that local authorities must provide its reasons in writing and in a timely fashion if an application is denied. Wireless carriers everywhere benefitted from this decision, but there is still work to be done. Wireless consumers will benefit if we are successful in solving these siting challenges. Another important issue before policymakers that affects competitive carriers and infrastructure deployment is access to Universal Service Fund (USF) support. Many smaller rural and regional carriers depend on USF support not only to operate their dayto-day businesses in high cost areas, but also to continue the important work of building out their networks. Without adequate access to these funds, infrastructure builds may be hindered, and consumers in these areas risk not having access to advanced wireless services. As we have all learned from experience, economic growth follows advanced mobile broadband deployment; and who doesn't want more economic opportunities for consumers in rural America? Consumers, the economy and public safety all benefit from advanced wireless services, and there is no reason why rural consumers should not have comparable services to their urban counterparts, as Congress has directed. CCA is closely following this important issue, and we will continue to urge the FCC and Congress to ensure legacy and new USF programs adequately support new and existing wireless services. Without the required physical infrastructure, there can be no mobile broadband service. Infrastructure policies must help achieve the end objective - providing all Americans with the ability to connect no matter where they live, work, or travel - and CCA is diligently working to ensure this important goal becomes a reality. VOICE * www.competitivecarriers.org * Spring/Summer 2016 11 http://www.competitivecarriers.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Bringing IoT Home
Creating the Foundation for Highly Successful IoT Programs
Meeting the Needs of Mobile Customers in the Era of the Cloud
Cows, Cars, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Policy Breakthroughs Bring Mobility Closer to You
Unlock Handsets: Unlock Competition
IoT: The 3 Most Promising Letters in Business Today?
Let Your Digital Marketing Strategy Deliver Results
Managing the World of Connected Everything
Rugged Phones & The Connected Consumer
When Size Doesn’t Matter
Network Wellness: A Lesson in Becoming Proactive
The Service Orchestration Imperative for 5G Enterprise Cord Cutting
The Future Device: eUICC/eSIM Lifecycle Management
The IoT Effect on Wireless Networks
3 Ways Smartphones Can Increase Productivity
Unlimited Amounts of Data – For Everyone?
Mitigating Signaling and Security Burdens of IoT
2016: A Very Important Year for Mobile Carriers
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

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