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FCC Grants Extension for 700 MHz A Block; CCA Urges Prompt Restoration of Interoperability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
February 13, 2013                                                                                                                                       (202) 449-9866

 

FCC Grants Extension for 700 MHz A Block; CCA Urges Prompt Restoration of Interoperability

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) extended build-out deadlines for Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees until December 13, 2013.  Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) appreciates the Commission’s decision to temporarily extend the looming June 2013 build-out deadline and urges FCC to promptly restore interoperability across the Lower 700 MHz to spur innovation, promote competition and benefit consumers. 

In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I am pleased the Commission recognized the challenges that lack of interoperability has created for Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees.  Without access to interoperable devices, these license holders have been significantly hindered in planning for, securing financing for, and purchasing equipment necessary to meet the previous June 2013 deadline.  These challenges have prevented competitive carriers from moving forward on building their networks and prevented rural and regional consumers’ access to 4G LTE services.”

Berry continued, “The FCC’s deadline extension will help alleviate some of the added build-out pressure on competitive carriers; however, the FCC’s work is not complete.  These carriers will continue to face enormous challenges until interoperability is restored.  I look forward to our continued work with policymakers on the FCC’s interoperability rulemaking, as this issue is of critical importance to competitive carriers.”

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