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T HM A EE MSES: A5GGE: FTRHOEMN T EH XT E P G RE ENSEIRDAETNITO N & CEO All Eyes on November Elections By: Steven K. Berry President & CEO, CCA I t certainly has been a fascinating year watching the candidates battle it out on the campaign trail on the road to the White House. Washington, DC has been consumed with the 2016 elections for some time now, and it is an understatement to say that the next few months leading up to November will be very busy for those running for political office. Whether following the presidential or congressional elections, change is on the horizon in Washington, and CCA will continue to follow the races closely. No matter which party winds up in the White House, Democrat or Republican, one thing is for certain - with the change in presidency, there will be further personnel changes in Administration offices, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), that CCA works with closely on policy issues important to members. With change ahead and new contacts to be made, it is critically important for CCA members to stay involved to ensure our members' most pressing issues remain at the forefront of policymakers' minds. Many of CCA's priority issues including access to spectrum, Universal Service Fund (USF) support, privacy, roaming, siting and deployment, text telephony (TTY) and access to devices, among others, are still at play and will be through November. The 600 MHz incentive auction, one of the most anticipated and significant events for the industry may be concluded by that time - giving participating carriers, broadcasters and consumers answers to burning questions including the amount of revenue raised and winning participants. We are all hopeful for a successful outcome and that participating competitive carriers gain access to much-needed low band spectrum, but even when the auction closes, the work will not be done. As always, CCA will continue to monitor progress and updates on the auction and other competitive policy issues, and I encourage all members to stay actively engaged in the discussion. There is no question that an active membership is a strong membership, and the more participation from CCA members, the louder our voice will be heard at the FCC, on Capitol Hill and before the Administration. There are a number of ways to get involved including joining a committee. The Associate Member Committee, Events Committee and Washington Reps Group are open to all current members and are a great way to keep abreast of all things CCA, especially the policy issues. CCA's two trade show events, the Annual Convention and Mobile Carriers Show, not only provide outstanding networking opportunities and give attendees a chance to conduct business meetings, but they also provide unmatched educational sessions with expert speakers, which oftentimes include key policymakers from Washington. One important way to stay actively engaged with the policy issues is through CCA's Take Action portal, which serves as CCA's advocacy hub. The Take Action site provides CCA members with information on key issues, THE pending legislation, and access to voter resources, and the site gives members the opportunity to quickly and easily write your Members of Congress about competitive issues that matter to you. Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents, and letting them know that their decisions directly affect your businesses and customers is the best way to garner their attention. Attending CCA's Capitol Hill Day is another excellent way to communicate your concerns directly with your representatives. Held in June of each year, members spend the day meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs to talk about key CCA issues. Thanks to our members, time and again this event has proven to enhance our message on Capitol Hill. I strongly encourage all members, carriers and associates alike, to attend Capitol Hill Day to strengthen our collective voice with key policymakers. Additionally, I encourage all members to authorize CCA PAC as their Political Action Committee. Learn more about the PAC at www.ccamobile.org/PAC. With all eyes on the November election and change on the horizon, it is critically important for CCA members to stay involved. A strong, active membership benefits the entire association and will help achieve our members' common goal of ensuring a competitive marketplace for all. With change ahead and new contacts to be made, it is critically important for CCA members to stay involved to ensure our members' most pressing issues remain at the forefront of policymakers' minds. VOICE * www.ccamobile.org * Fall/Winter 2016 13 http://www.ccamobile.org/PAC http://www.ccamobile.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2016 Excellence in Marketing Awards
Next-Generation IoT: Revolutionizing Mission-Critical Connectivity
What 100 Operators Really Think About 5G
5G Is Here (If You Want It)
Five Trends Shaping the Future of Spectrum
5G, A Technology Vision
Cloud-based IP: The Way to 5G and the Internet of Things
#5GNG
Power Outages Don’t Belong in a Connected World
The Path to 5G: Challenges, Benefits and Endless Possibilities
The Evolution to 5G: Implementing the Next Generation of Wireless Networks
New Report Details One Year of Roaming Fraud Data to Add to Industry Knowledge
Better Data for Brand Evolution
Verticals: At the End of the 5G Rainbow
Over-the-Top International Wi-Fi Calling and Messaging
SmartCom Brings 4G LTE to Belize
In the Dugout with Kevin Cundiff, Creator of Retail Moneyball
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers.
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

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