Saying it’s been a busy year for the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) isn’t giving them their due. It has, in fact, been a very busy summer leading to their upcoming annual conference September 16-18, in Providence, RI.Inside Towers got CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry to sit down for a few minutes for a Tower Talks podcastlast week. Berry said this summer has seen a plethora of activity on The Hill, at the FCC, and the White House over “spectrum galore,” with 3.5 GHz, the millimeter wave, and heated discussions on 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, “which is critical mid-band spectrum for all of the U.S. as well as carriers but for consumers too,” he said.
Although CCA is a “carrier-centric” organization, Berry stressed his members, 100 carriers strong, own, operate, build, and maintain their own towers, networks and facilities, making them a great target market for the tower industry. “They are probably some of the most prolific builders in layers of the next generation of fiber connectivity to the tower,” he said. “Our group spends over $15 billion a year in goods and services and small carriers, like the large carriers, have to build out 4G LT VoLTE but have to get to that 5G type of services in network quality.”
In our 20-minute podcast discussion Berry touched on CCA’s efforts regarding the following issues:
- Repurposing C-band spectrum
- Adopting the 5G Plus Plan
- Broadband Mapping
August 26, 2019