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Arlington, Va. (March 11, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) and the Rural Wireless Association (RWA), together with the Competitive Carriers’ Association (CCA) and the Blooston Rural Carriers, today announced a consensus proposal for the use of smaller geographic licensing areas in the forward auction of spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The ad hoc coalition’s proposal builds upon the FCC’s proposed map of licensing territories by incorporating feedback from the rural associations’ respective memberships and input from a variety of other industry stakeholders.
Via an ex parte filing to the FCC, NTCA and RWA, along with the CCA and law firm Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP on behalf of rural carrier clients, submitted a new geographic area licensing proposal of aggregated partial economic areas reflecting 416 territories that seek to address concerns and feedback raised by small, wireless service providers. The coalition expressed its continued preference for small cellular market area licenses, but offered the consensus proposal as a solution to the unique concerns raised by community-based wireless service providers about the first-of-its-kind incentive auction for 600 MHz spectrum. The coalition argued against earlier licensing proposals that contained oversized license areas that would significantly limit smaller carriers’ ability to participate in the auction. The proposals leave rural consumers and businesses unserved as larger bidders focus on more densely populated markets and seek to ease spectrum congestion in urban areas and fill in their national footprints.