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.
The following can be attributed to Carri Bennet, RWA General Counsel. Washington, DC - The Rural Wireless Association is dismayed that the FCC Chairman has refused to seek public input on the evolved T-Mobile/Sprint transaction [...]
A group of states and wireless carriers are still challenging the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, despite the merger's approval from the Justice Department. Listen to this National Public Radio (NPR) story from July 27, [...]
The Rural Wireless Association ("RWA") applauds the report released today by CoBank acknowledging the high cost of replacing Huawei and ZTE wireless network equipment in rural carriers' networks. CoBank's figures are more in line with [...]
Today, RWA members Pine Belt Cellular and Union Wireless, along with RWA's General Counsel, Carri Bennet, participated in an FCC workshop dedicated to "finding, fixing, and funding" the problems associated with removing network equipment that [...]