FCC Should Have Capacity to Ensure Competition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lucy Tutwiler December 13, 2011 (202) 449-9866
FCC Should Have Capacity to EnsureCompetition
Washington, DC – Today, in a letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA), Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) CCA, along with several competitive wireless carriers, expressed serious concern with the current version of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011. Signatories urged Congress not to restrict the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) existing authority, as appropriately structured spectrum auctions should advance competition and innovation in the wireless industry while generating billions of revenue for the U.S. Treasury. Restricting the FCC’s authority will harm competition and innovation and will be detrimental to revenue generation.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I appreciate Congress’ work to bring additional spectrum to the market, but I am very concerned that restricting the Commission’s existing authority will be detrimental to competition and innovation and will be a lost opportunity to generate much needed revenue for the U.S. Treasury. CBO has estimated that future spectrum auctions will generate $15 billion in revenue, and restricting the FCC’s auction authority will discourage auction participation and will very likely result in much lower revenues.”
“Our nation’s spectrum has the potential to generate revenue, spur private sector investment, create jobs and bring advanced mobile broadband services to all Americans, which are all goals Congress would like to achieve. To benefit consumers and economic growth, I strongly urge Congress not to restrict the FCC’s existing authority, and I look forward to our continued work together to bring these goals to fruition.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural and regional areas of the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 members covers 95 percent of the nation.
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