not a single tier one carrier is truly national without the help of their RCA roaming partners.
Memphis, TN (PRWEB) January 19, 2009
The Rural Cellular Association (RCA), the premier association representing our America's regional, rural and remote wireless telecommunications providers, along with RCA Associate Member American Roamer, the industry's leading provider of coverage maps, announced today the release of RCA's new coverage map. The new map is vastly different from the previous version, showing RCA members licensed to serve 73% of the United States, an increase of about 50% over 2007.
"This map demonstrates the continued vitality of America's regional and rural wireless carriers, even in the face of intense competition from the 'so-called' major national carriers," observed Eric C. Peterson, Executive Director of the Rural Cellular Association. "Despite the consolidation that is occurring in the wireless industry, RCA continues to grow as new entrants come into the industry and as others seek effective advocacy before the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)," Peterson noted.
As the largest carriers have concentrated their resources on areas that serve the densest population centers, RCA's 90 Carrier Member companies have ensured that rural communities have access to advanced wireless technology as well. In addition to the millions of people that are directly served by RCA member companies, many more millions depend upon RCA Carrier member companies to fill in the coverage gaps where the "national" carriers have not built their own network. "In fact," says American Roamer President Bryan Darr, "not a single tier one carrier is truly national without the help of their RCA roaming partners."
Darr goes on to say "As an RCA member for over 11 years, American Roamer has followed the enormous changes that have shaped the wireless industry and the RCA organization." Changes for RCA include a recent move to the Washington D.C. area to further the group's goal of representing its members before Congress and the FCC. RCA has been instrumental in several recent legislative decisions effecting rural carriers.
Ray Westbrook, Sr. VP at American Roamer adds, "The Rural Cellular Association's membership covers a vast majority of this great country and should be recognized and valued for the significant role they play in providing wireless services"
About American Roamer
Established in 1988, American Roamer offers products and services to established and emerging players in telecommunications by custom producing accurate and informative coverage maps as well as a broad range of solutions. The company's products and services demonstrate tangible ROI and its reputation is built on this principle. American Roamer's maps and on-line services are simple to read and easy to understand. For more information about American Roamer, please visit http://www.americanroamer.com.
About the Rural Cellular Association
RCA is the premier association representing rural wireless telecommunications providers across the United States. RCA speaks with a strong, united voice on issues that concern its members and keeps them informed through timely sharing of information, knowledge and expertise to the common benefit of all members. The Association is a 501c(6) trade association and is governed by a board of directors, consisting of ten wireless providers and one associate member. The board oversees the work of seven standing committees and the association's Executive Director. Visit RCA at http://www.rca-usa.org.