NTCA Applauds Rural Spectrum Bidding Credit

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (July 16, 2015)—In response to the FCC’s adoption of a report and order establishing a bidding credit for qualified small business telecommunications providers to compete for spectrum at auction, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield issued the following statement:

“Rural telecommunications providers have shown time and again their commitment to delivering innovative solutions to rural markets. For many operators, this includes providing high-quality fixed and mobile broadband services in some of the most sparsely populated and hard-to-reach pockets of our country. As the price for scarce spectrum resources continues to increase, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has advocated for a more level playing field when it comes to the distribution of valuable spectrum at auction. We applaud the establishment of a rural bidding credit in today’s decision, and we are hopeful that this decision will allow smaller providers to compete for spectrum in a more equitable way—ultimately leading to more robust services in rural areas and a more competitive wireless market for the benefit of all consumers.”

 

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