The Rural Wireless Advocate calls for the FCC to incentivize auction participation by rural carriers with the proven desire to serve customers who live, work and travel in rural communities
RTG agrees that geographic licensing is essential for the deployment of fixed and mobile services and is consistent with the licensing of other bands that support mobile broadband services in rural areas. However, by proposing to license the 600 MHz band on an Economic Area (“EA”) basis, the Commission is giving undue emphasis to the creation of a “manageable” number of licenses. Any benefits of administrative ease that may result from the adoption of larger license areas would be greatly outweighed by the harm to competition that would result from the use of such license areas.
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