NTCA Statement on AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Application Results

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org 

Arlington, Va. (October 2, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding the short-form application results from the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum:

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is pleased that nearly 20 of its members submitted applications to participate in the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction. This represents approximately one-quarter of all applications filed, demonstrating yet again the commitment of small telcos to providing state-of-the-art communications services for the benefit of rural America. This strong showing by NTCA members also highlights the very real benefits of the FCC’s decision to establish smaller licenses in this auction and maximize opportunities for participation by those most interested in finding innovative solutions to serve rural markets. We are eager to see the results of the auction, and also for meaningful opportunities to participate in future auctions as the FCC delivers on its goal of freeing up spectrum for wireless services.”


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.