Sprint, nTelos Wireless, Cellular One, and Bluegrass Cellular Executives Join CCA for Keynote Panel
CCA Global Expo, Atlanta, March 26, 2015 – Competitive Carriers Association’s 2015 Global Expo kicked off with a lively CEO carrier panel, discussing access to smart devices, networks and new business strategies that help competitive carriers compete and thrive in the wireless market place. CCA’s president and CEO, Steven K. Berry moderated the discussion, titled “Leading the Industry Forward,” which included: Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint; Rodney Dir, president, CEO, nTelos Wireless; Jonathan Foxman, president, CEO, Cellular One; Ron Smith, president, CEO, Bluegrass Cellular. CCA Global Expo takes place in Atlanta, March 25-27.
Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s CEO discussed the FCC’s need to include joint bidding in the upcoming incentive auction, so competitive carriers can bid for spectrum in a coalition that will help them to better compete. Panelists agreed that the FCC must enact rules that make it attractive for competitive carriers to participate in the incentive auction. Jonathan Foxman and Rodney Dir explained the importance of FCC support for Universal Service Fund.
The panel also discussed the FCC’s classification of mobile broadband as a broadband service under Title II of the net neutrality ruling and the effect of the ruling on the wireless industry and consumers. Ron Smith expressed strong reservations regarding potential impacts of net neutrality rules on wireless networks. Finally, the panelists discussed the critical importance of voice and LTE roaming agreements to their business growth.
“Over the coming year, the FCC, Congress and the courts will debate a number of issues that will have a strong impact on the wireless industry – and the ways Americans across the country access and use mobile services,” said Berry. “The carrier executives who participated in our panel bring a high degree of passion to the discussion and will work tirelessly to bring the best services to the American public.”
On March 25, CCA’s seminar day kicked off with the FierceWireless Executive Breakfast, featuring editor Phil Goldstein leading executives from DISH, Sprint, Public Knowledge, T-Mobile US and Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition in an interactive discussion on the upcoming spectrum auction. The session, entitled “Incentive Auction Opportunities and Perils” focused on the needs and opportunities for both wireless carriers and broadcasters as they prepare for the upcoming auction.
Seminars were followed by a keynote address from Tom Daly, The Coca-Cola Company’s Global Group Director for Mobile, and Walter Megura, vice president and head of industry and society for Ericsson. Daly outlined Coca-Cola’s mobile strategy and the opportunities for the industry as mobile marketing continues to grow in prominence, effectiveness and ubiquity, and Megura looked at how new ICT-related services are radically changing the business landscape.
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 members covers 95 percent of the nation. CCA’s 2015 Annual Convention takes place in Fort Lauderdale, October 7-9. Visit www.competitivecarriers.org