CCA Announces New Pathway Forward for Rural and Regional Carriers CCA, Sprint and NetAmerica Alliance Work to Strengthen Competitive Carrier Ecosystem

SAN ANTONIO, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, at CCA's 2014 Global Expo, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) announced a program with Sprint to develop a robust nationwide network to compete with the largest carriers and help ensure competitive carriers, especially those in rural and regional areas, continue to grow and thrive in the industry.  Sprint will work with CCA's smaller carriers through CCA's Data Services Hub to facilitate Data roaming relationships and will work with CCA members to create a device ecosystem that benefits all carriers.  NetAmerica Alliance, a CCA member, will work in conjunction with Sprint and CCA to build out networks for carriers who wish to expand their networks or create a wireless capability.

"Today's announcement presents an exciting pathway forward for competitive carriers, and I am delighted that Sprint and NetAmerica Alliance have committed to creating a competitive ecosystem in which all carriers can thrive," said Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of CCA.  "This is a new way of thinking for competitive carriers – a collective approach for fiercely independent companies, with the goal of providing the most robust nationwide network to compete with the largest two carriers, and I am extremely encouraged by the transparency of the discussions and willingness of the Sprint and NetAmerica teams to embrace a new approach to partner with smaller CCA members."

"All consumers deserve a choice of carrier and devices, and this innovative industry approach is a very positive step forward to achieving this important goal.  Competition benefits everyone – consumers, the economy and the industry as a whole.  This is an exciting day for competitive carriers.  I have always said that 'by working together, we can achieve success,' and I look forward to our continued work together to create a competitive ecosystem in which all carriers can compete and thrive."

"Our programs with CCA and NetAmerica are a significant step forward for Sprint, for rural carriers throughout the U.S., and most importantly, for rural customers who deserve a more competitive marketplace that offers greater access to high-speed mobile broadband service," said Stephen Bye, chief technology officer at Sprint. "We are very pleased to be working alongside rural carriers to provide customers with faster networks, better coverage and access to a wider range of handsets."

About CCA
CCA is the nation's leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA's more than 100 carriers covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.competitivecarriers.org.

SOURCE Competitive Carriers Association



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