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coNGressioNaL sPotLiGHt congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa-14) c ongressman Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) is currently serving his eleventh term in Congress, representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Pittsburgh as well as communities in the western, southern, and eastern portions of Allegheny County and in northwestern Westmoreland County. He serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and its Communications & Technology Subcommittee, where he has been active on issues including data roaming, spectrum auctions, and special access. Steven K. Berry : You have been a champion for competition in your work on telecommunications policy issues. how does competition benefit your constituents? rep. Doyle: The same way it benefits everybody in this country. Increased competition among providers of telecom equipment and services almost always leads to lower prices and better quality for consumers. : For many years, you have supported policies encouraging reasonable data roaming. how do these policies help consumers that increasingly rely on mobile broadband services? rep. Doyle: Data roaming is important for small and regional carriers to stay competitive with the big guys. Small carriers may have great coverage locally, but, in this day and age, most people expect their mobile phones to work wherever they go. That used to just mean voice coverage, but, these days, it's all about the data. For too long, large carriers have stifled smaller carriers by making data roaming unreasonably expensive or by flat out refusing to partner. This kind of behavior hurts consumers and reduces choice and competition. That's why I've fought for policies to promote a healthy and viable market for data roaming. : Shifting to special access - last summer you noted that, "it's been a long, hard road to get to this point, but this is no time to let up the pressure." What do you hope comes next in the long debate regarding special access? rep. Doyle: Well, I hope that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be able to use the data it has collected on special access rates to determine whether providers are gouging consumers in markets that have been deregulated. It wasn't at all clear that those markets were competitive when they were deregulated. I want to protect all the consumers who depend on special access services by making sure that all U.S. special access markets are competitively priced. That's 54 The Voice * * Fall/Winter 2015 why I've been pushing for a long time to get this information, and I'm looking forward to seeing whether it says that there's adequate competition in special access markets across the country. : The upcoming incentive auction has the potential to introduce new competition into the wireless world. What steps can the Fcc take to make sure the auction supports increased competition? rep. Doyle: I'm glad you asked. I recently spearheaded a letter to the FCC urging the Commission to set aside 40 MHz as part of the spectrum reserve in the incentive auction. Several of my colleagues signed that letter with me. We're concerned that the 30 MHz the FCC plans to reserve in the upcoming incentive auction will not be enough to prevent the current dominant carriers from limiting competition and maintaining a dominant hold over low-band spectrum. : how important is it for you to hear from competitive carriers, like cca members, as you evaluate the many technology and telecommunications issues before the energy & commerce committee? rep. Doyle: I think it's incredibly important that groups like CCA and the competitive carriers it represents keep members of Congress - and especially members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - informed about how those issues affect them. Believe me, the big incumbents who dominate this industry aren't shy about making their concerns known. Most members of Congress want to do the right thing. We want to promote new and improved telecommunications services in this country in order to maximize job creation and economic growth. As you know, a lot of these issues are very complex, even when we're not talking about rapidly changing technology. It's often hard to know which policies are best. That's why it's so important for members of Congress to hear from all the affected parties and get as complete a picture of the issue as possible before changing our nation's communications laws.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2015

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Jonathan Foxman
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Excellence in Marketing Award Winners
Number Portability in a Mobile World
Mobile Broadband Brings Life-Changing Health Care Benefits to Consumers
WiFi: Keeping Consumers Connected to the Network, to Each Other, and to Your Brand
Spreading the Reach and Range of LTE
It’s a Mobile Life
Regional Carrier Cellular One Competes with the National Players by Taking a Customer-Centric Approach
5G – The Quest for a Wireless Utopia
Connectivity Leads to Smarter Water Management
Connecting with the Customer through POS/Retail Management Systems
Connecting the Mobile Customer through Innovative Roaming Hub Solutions
Building IoT for the Agile Operator
Wireless Hitting a Home Run at the Ballpark
A New Wave in Wireless: Innovative Strategies to Connect the Last Mile
Using LTE Small Cells to Improve the User Experience
What’s Trending in Customer Communications?
Nurturing Customer Connections in a Mobile World
How Multiple Phone Line Management Services Improve the Customer Experience
How Do Small Cells Fit into Wireless Networks?
Connecting with Customers Outside the Cloud
Whether Mobile or Fixed, Emerging or Established Markets, the Holy Grail of Innovation is Service Personalization
New LTE Service Delivery Approach for Rural Carriers
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA-14)

The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2015