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H Block Rules Should Maximize Spectrum Availability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
February 6, 2013                                                                                                                      (202) 449-9866

 

H Block Rules Should Maximize Spectrum Availability

Washington, DC – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), CCA urged the Commission to ensure the rules for the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) H Block are consistent with the requirements in the Spectrum Act.  Specifically, CCA asked the Commission to implement rules to promote diversity among spectrum licensees, spur competition and improve consumer choice.   The nation’s dominant carriers should not be allowed to acquire  the lion’s share of this H Block spectrum.

“I am pleased with the FCC’s proposals to license the H Block for flexible use, as directed in the Spectrum Act, through a system of competitive bidding,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry, “but the competitive bidding structure has to incorporate the right eligibility requirements and spectrum holdings policies. Competitive carriers must have the opportunity to access usable spectrum, and the rules the FCC adopts for the H Block must promote competition, innovation and spectrum efficiency.  The Commission would do right by consumers to revise its spectrum screen prior to adopting rules for the H Block.”

Berry continued, “The FCC’s proposal to adopt population-based build-out requirements will also promote competition by preventing aggregation or spectrum warehousing, but I encourage the Commission to include a geographic component in its build-out requirements to ensure consumers in rural areas are not left behind.  Our members depend on access to spectrum to compete and survive, and the FCC should seize this opportunity with the H Block to maximize available spectrum, which will no doubt bring substantial benefits to the economy and consumers.”

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