March 20, 2019
Contact: Zachary Cikanek
Washington, D.C. – Connect Americans Now Executive Director Richard T. Cullen released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to advance the Unlicensed Reconsideration and Database Accuracy proceedings, both of which provide much-needed regulatory certainty in the TV white spaces technology market:
“This action shows that the Commission has been listening to the concerns of rural Americans, and we appreciate their continued commitment to bridging the rural broadband gap. While this vote is a step in the right direction for internet service providers and equipment manufacturers eager to use TV white spaces technology to bring broadband to rural areas, there are still a number of outstanding regulatory barriers.
“We encourage the Commission to build on this momentum by immediately issuing a Further Notice of Rulemaking to address the outstanding regulatory issues hindering TV white space technology’s deployment. We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Pai and the rest of the commissioners on our shared goal of bridging the rural broadband gap.”