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Wireless Carriers are Best Positioned to Use Unclaimed Funding from CAF Phase I

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler
October 31, 2012                                                                                                                                         (202) 449-9866

Wireless Carriers are Best Positioned to Use Unclaimed Funding from CAF Phase I

Washington, DC – Today, in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Genachowski, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) urged the Chairman to seek comment on how wireless carriers could make use of unclaimed funding from Phase I of the Connect America Fund (CAF).  Wireless carriers pose the best opportunity to deliver cost-effective voice and data services to unserved areas.  CCA encouraged the Commission to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that enables all stakeholders to submit proposals regarding their plans to use the remaining Phase I CAF funds.

In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “Wireless carriers offer the best opportunity to bring much needed broadband services to unserved and underserved areas, and it only makes sense for the FCC to consider proposals from wireless carriers.  Many of our members are ready and willing to build out these networks, but depend on USF support in order to do so.  Wireless remains underfunded, and this could be an opportunity for the FCC to provide significant support for the services consumers want most.”

Berry continued, “CCA filed a request in August asking the FCC to reallocate to the Mobility Fund the $185 million unclaimed Phase I CAF support rejected by price cap carriers. It is very disappointing that the draft NPRM under consideration might focus entirely on ways to direct the unclaimed funds once again exclusively to ILECs.  Consumers are choosing wireless services at an exponential rate, and to support consumers’ choices, it is absolutely critical that wireless carriers be considered as potential recipients for the unclaimed funds.  To not even include our proposal in the NPRM runs counter to the FCC’s claimed desire for transparency.  We are eager to work with the Commission to show the benefits of distributing the funds to wireless carriers, and I look forward to working with the FCC on this critical issue.” 

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