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enator Joe Manchin is known for working in the spirit of bipartisanship to find commonsense solutions to the problems facing our
country and takes this approach to his work on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation. He has served in the
U.S. Senate since 2010 and has previously served in the W.V. House and Senate, as well as W.V. Secretary of State. Most recently before
joining the U.S. Senate, he served as Governor of W.V. from 2004-2010.
Steven K. Berry
: You have been a champion for
expanding mobile broadband in rural areas, including
West Virginia. What policies can help advance mobile
Senator Manchin: Representing a rural state, I know all too
well how important access to communication services is. First
as Governor and now as Senator, I have advocated for policies
to reform universal service programs that will fully bring West
Virginia and rural America into the 21st century. That includes
delivering on the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC)
universal service mandate by moving forward on the next phase
of the Mobility Fund, the wireless component of the Universal
Service Fund (USF).
Significant gaps in mobile broadband coverage still exist
in West Virginia and across rural America. As part of my effort
to close these gaps, I called on the U.S. Senate Commerce
Committee to hold a hearing on improving USF support for rural
America and followed up with a bipartisan letter urging the FCC
to work with us to achieve that goal.
The wireless industry has made great strides in building out
mobile broadband infrastructure, especially in rural states, but
the job is not done. We must properly target support to the areas
that need it most so that companies can generate a fair return on
their investments and sustainably serve high cost areas like many
places in rural America.
: When I testified before the Commerce Committee
hearing earlier this year, we agreed that numbers
claiming the United States is fully or 99 percent served
were false or misleading. What can be done to get better
data on mobile broadband coverage?
Senator Manchin: Anybody who claims the United States
is fully or almost entirely served should come see the reality of
coverage throughout West Virginia. Unfortunately, inaccurate
data has failed rural and remote communities across this country.
For this reason I have been actively working with my colleagues
to ensure the FCC is able to gather a more accurate picture of the
actual coverage available to rural Americans.
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I authored two provisions to help the FCC get better mobile
broadband coverage data. The first would study the viability of
conducting drive testing in rural areas to map where coverage
exists, and, even more importantly, where it still needs to be
delivered. The second would take a hard look at whether
additional mobile coverage data should be collected from
alternative commercial sources.
: How does access to mobile broadband impact your
Senator Manchin: The importance of mobile broadband is
only growing. Reliable mobile broadband coverage is critical for
West Virginia's hospitals, farmers and law enforcement officials.
In a rural state, people are used to traveling several hours
to access healthcare. Allowing doctors to remotely advise
their patients with dependable mobile broadband coverage
would improve the quality and reliability of care for many West
Virginians. That same coverage also is essential for new precision
agriculture and public safety technologies.
It's unfortunate that the communities who need these
improvements the most are often the last to get them. I am
committed to this effort until the most remote and challenging
areas in our country gain the reliable service they deserve.
: How important is it for CCA members to engage
with you as you consider issues before the Commerce
Senator Manchin: I believe in the idea that every American,
no matter their age, income, or area code must have access to
advanced communications services. It is very important for me
to hear from CCA members, who spend every day working to
provide these services to our rural communities.
As a former businessman, it is valuable to hear what we do
can help your company serve the American public. We need
to continue to work together on commonsense policies and
reforms that reflect the reality on the ground rather than relying
on incomplete or inaccurate maps so that we can truly achieve
the goal of universal service.
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
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
Index of Advertisers.
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016