RWA advocates before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress on behalf of its members.

From Alaska to Alabama, RWA is dedicated to supporting our member companies in their efforts to extend wireless coverage to our rural communities through our innovative advocacy. Our devoted team of legal and regulatory experts ensures our carrier members have a voice in Washington.

The RWA Advocacy Team:

  • Secured a 15% rural service provider bidding credit for the 600 MHz Auction, and formulated and structured the 600 MHz auction for a successful outcome by rightsizing license areas and preventing package bidding.
  • Participates in the CAF Phase II proceeding to ensure wireless broadband providers are funded.
  • Continues to be deeply involved in the Mobility Fund Phase II proceeding to ensure that rural wireless companies can meet both capex and opex for LTE buildout.
  • Files dozens of pleadings, comments and ex partes each year covering issues that impact rural wireless carriers including Universal Service/Mobility Fund/CAF; Spectrum Auctions; Fair and Reasonable Roaming Access to Devices; Unfair Competition.
  • Works to ensure that rural wireless companies secure fair and reasonable roaming agreements.
  • Ensuring that the FCC fairly addresses the 700 MHz buildout rules, so the spectrum is not warehoused by licensees unwilling to build wireless networks in rural and remote areas.

RWA Statement on Release of Mobility Fund Phase II Report, Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

RWA welcomes the release of the Mobility Fund Phase II (“MFII”) Order, and is reviewing it with great interest. In particular, RWA remains pleased that the challenge process will be addressed by a Further Notice [...]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Mobility Fund Phase 2|

RWA Continues to Challenge Wireless Bureau Decision Allowing Spectrum Warehousing

On Friday, RWA continued its assault on the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s decision waiving certain 700 MHz license buildout requirements for T-Mobile in Montana and Wyoming, and effectively rewarding the current license holder, Bresnan Communications (a [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy|

RWA Welcomes Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process FNPRM, Awaits Specific MFII Program Details

There is no program more vital to maintaining and expanding mobile voice and broadband services in rural America than Mobility Fund Phase II (“MFII”). Rural consumers and those traveling in rural America cannot be put [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Member News, Mobility Fund Phase 2, Press Releases|

RWA Seeks to Overturn Wireless Bureau Decision That Gives AT&T Additional Time to Build Out 700 MHz License in Alaska

Today, RWA filed an Application for Review with the Federal Communications Commission seeking to overturn the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s decision granting AT&T a waiver of both the interim and final geographic coverage requirements contained in [...]

February 17th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, FCC Filings|
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