RCA Rebrands as the Competitive Carriers Association
The Rural Cellular Association today announced that it has rebranded itself as the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA). The CCA believes the new name reflects how its mission has evolved in recent years to advocate for smaller, regional network operators and to better compete with the nation's largest carriers. Specifically, the group will be targeting AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which it refers to as a duopoly. "CCA will continue to work with policymakers to ensure competitive policies are adopted, which will benefit consumers, the economy and job growth," said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA, in a prepared statement. The association gives each member a single vote, and will flight not just for rural carriers, but small carriers across the country no matter what market they serve.
T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub
T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes.
AT&T Says T-Mobile Opposing Spectrum Deal On Principle
T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42. AT&T first filed its request with the FCC last year and now says T-Mobile and the CCA are trying to sink the deal for no good reason.
Wireless Companies Form Alliance to Pressure FCC
A handful of wireless companies and public policy groups have formed an alliance meant to pressure the FCC as it drafts rules for the upcoming 600MHz reverse spectrum auction. The alliance is called SaveWirelessChoice.com.
Sprint Hopes 600MHz Auction Permits Joint Bidding
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure recently suggested the company might participate in the forthcoming auction for 600MHz spectrum if it is allowed to bid jointly with smaller carriers. Claure made the remarks during a roundtable discussion at the Competitive Carrier Association's Global Expo in Atlanta.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.