WCA Applauds FCC Rejection of Verizon Petition

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Wireless Communications Association

    WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Communications
 Association (WCA) today issued the following statement by WCA President Andrew
 Kreig in response to the Federal Communications Commission decision denying
 the "Emergency Petition" filed last Thursday by Verizon Wireless to prevent
 the approval of more than 2,000 applications by MDS and ITFS licensees.  The
 licensees filed applications last August for two-way broadband authority, with
 the expectation that the applications would be granted early this month (ET
 Docket No. 00-258, Report No. 164, DA 01-751).
     WCA's president said, "The FCC deserves applause for its prompt decision
 to permit broadband deployments to move forward by rejecting this outrageous
 and unprecedented request by Verizon Wireless.  As WCA said in its response to
 Verizon last Friday:
 
     Simply put, the Verizon Petition is an outrageous and unprecedented
     attempt to delay the deployment of broadband wireless services that will
     compete against Verizon's own DSL offerings and that will provide
     broadband service in areas where Verizon refuses to make the
     infrastructure investment necessary to provide DSL.  The appropriate
     response to Verizon's missive can be found in the commitment Chairman
     Powell made to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of
     the House Commission on Energy and Commerce:  'We will do everything we
     can to facilitate the timely and efficient deployment of broadband
     infrastructure.  In doing so, we will endeavor to promote the growth of a
     wide variety of technologies that can compete with each other for the
     delivery of content and will strive not to favor -- or uniquely burden --
     any particular one.'
 
     WCA's complete reply to Verizon's filing is available at:
 http://www.wcai.com under "News."
 
     About The Wireless Communications Association
     Founded in 1988, the WCA is the principal non-profit trade association
 representing the fixed wireless broadband industry.  The WCA's mission is
 foster the growth of fixed broadband wireless worldwide, including voice,
 data, Internet, e-commerce and video applications.  WCA's membership of 460
 companies includes the industry's leading carriers, vendors and consultants
 from six continents.  The WCA's 14th annual business conference and exhibition
 entitled "WCA 2001: Broadband Now!" is scheduled from June 24 to 27 at the
 World Trade Center in Boston, MA.  For details and registration, visit:
 http://www.wcai.com .
 
 

SOURCE Wireless Communications Association
    WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Communications
 Association (WCA) today issued the following statement by WCA President Andrew
 Kreig in response to the Federal Communications Commission decision denying
 the "Emergency Petition" filed last Thursday by Verizon Wireless to prevent
 the approval of more than 2,000 applications by MDS and ITFS licensees.  The
 licensees filed applications last August for two-way broadband authority, with
 the expectation that the applications would be granted early this month (ET
 Docket No. 00-258, Report No. 164, DA 01-751).
     WCA's president said, "The FCC deserves applause for its prompt decision
 to permit broadband deployments to move forward by rejecting this outrageous
 and unprecedented request by Verizon Wireless.  As WCA said in its response to
 Verizon last Friday:
 
     Simply put, the Verizon Petition is an outrageous and unprecedented
     attempt to delay the deployment of broadband wireless services that will
     compete against Verizon's own DSL offerings and that will provide
     broadband service in areas where Verizon refuses to make the
     infrastructure investment necessary to provide DSL.  The appropriate
     response to Verizon's missive can be found in the commitment Chairman
     Powell made to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of
     the House Commission on Energy and Commerce:  'We will do everything we
     can to facilitate the timely and efficient deployment of broadband
     infrastructure.  In doing so, we will endeavor to promote the growth of a
     wide variety of technologies that can compete with each other for the
     delivery of content and will strive not to favor -- or uniquely burden --
     any particular one.'
 
     WCA's complete reply to Verizon's filing is available at:
 http://www.wcai.com under "News."
 
     About The Wireless Communications Association
     Founded in 1988, the WCA is the principal non-profit trade association
 representing the fixed wireless broadband industry.  The WCA's mission is
 foster the growth of fixed broadband wireless worldwide, including voice,
 data, Internet, e-commerce and video applications.  WCA's membership of 460
 companies includes the industry's leading carriers, vendors and consultants
 from six continents.  The WCA's 14th annual business conference and exhibition
 entitled "WCA 2001: Broadband Now!" is scheduled from June 24 to 27 at the
 World Trade Center in Boston, MA.  For details and registration, visit:
 http://www.wcai.com .
 
 SOURCE  Wireless Communications Association