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 Welcomes Improvements to MFII Item, But Concerns Remain

Washington, D.C., – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) General Counsel: RWA is pleased to learn that the Commission has made several improvements to the Mobility Fund [...]

August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Mobility Fund Phase 2, Press Releases|

RWA Seeks Review of Alaska Wireless Network Waiver of 700 MHz Geographic Coverage Requirements

Washington, D.C., – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) General Counsel: RWA is seeking Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) review of a Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB” [...]

July 9th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy|

RWA Files Opposition to, and Comments In Support of, Mobility Fund Phase II Petitions for Reconsideration

Washington, D.C., – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) General Counsel: Today, RWA filed an Opposition to two Petitions for Reconsideration in the Mobility Fund Phase II [...]

May 16th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, FCC Filings, Mobility Fund Phase 2|

RWA Urges Adoption of Timely, Efficient Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process That Doesn’t Burden Small Rural Wireless Carriers

Washington, D.C., – The following statement may be attributed to Carri Bennet, Rural Wireless Association, Inc. (“RWA”) General Counsel: Today, RWA submitted Reply Comments in response to the Mobility Fund Phase II FNPRM urging the [...]

May 11th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Mobility Fund Phase 2|
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