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 Urges Additional Public Comment on MFII Details, Responds to Eleventh Hour AT&T Proposal Seeking to Grab $5 Billion in Support

RWA has filed an ex parte with the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) strongly urging the Commission to seek public comment on the Mobility Fund Phase II (“MFII”) challenge process and other additional details. The ex parte responded [...]

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, FCC Filings|

RWA Seeks Waiver of Enhanced Transparency Rules for Small Broadband Providers

Washington, D.C., December 23, 2016 – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, the Rural Wireless Association’s (RWA) General Counsel: Small broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers have been exempted from the Commission’s enhanced [...]

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, FCC Filings|

FCC Waiver Order Gives Green Light to Spectrum Speculators

Washington, D.C., December 21, 2016 – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, the Rural Wireless Association’s (RWA) General Counsel: RWA is extremely disappointed, and frankly baffled, by the Commission’s decision to reward Bresnan [...]

December 21st, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Press Releases|

RWA Reaction to Removal of November Open Meeting Agenda Items

The following statement can be attributed to Carri Bennet, RWA’s General Counsel. Arlington, VA – The Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) looks forward to working with new FCC leadership on issues important to the provision of mobile [...]

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Member News, Press Releases|Tags: , |
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