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.
"It's far past time to modernize the contribution methodology for the Universal Service Fund. The Rural Wireless Association supports Commissioner Carr's call to reform the contribution side of USF and has been a long-time advocate [...]
Today, the Rural Wireless Association joined with seven other public interest and consumer advocacy groups to ask the FCC to preserve the Sprint CDMA network acquired by T-Mobile. Rural customers are dependent on the Sprint [...]
American Jobs Plan to jumpstart rural economy by creating jobs in rural America Today, the Biden Administration released highlights of its $2 trillion infrastructure plan, the “American Jobs Plan,” which includes investing $100 billion in [...]
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to auction mid-band spectrum in the 3.45- 3.55 GHz band by the end of this year. The Rural Wireless Association is disappointed that the FCC chose [...]