CCA Urges FCC to Update Parameters to Produce More Accurate Mobile Broadband Coverage Maps
Washington, DC – June 28, 2019 – Yesterday, in an ex parte filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) encouraged the Commission to reevaluate its mobile Form 477 data submission parameters to produce coverage maps that more accurately reflect consumers’ on-the-ground experiences. Specifically, CCA suggested the FCC standardize signal strength; utilize a cell edge probability of 90 percent or higher; adopt a cell loading factor of at least 50 percent on the downlink or higher; and ensure clutter factors match local environments and are reported appropriately.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I commend the FCC for its efforts to identify areas of the country that still need access, or enhanced access, to mobile broadband services, but the work is not yet done. In today’s world, having access to mobile broadband is absolutely critical for the social, economic, public safety, health, and educational benefit of consumers, and until the data coverage maps accurately reflect consumers’ on-the-ground experiences, there is a real risk of leaving rural America behind in the digital world. Policy decisions must be based on accurate data. For example, the FCC’s Mobility Fund II program was designed to help bring mobile broadband services to unserved and underserved areas, and accurate data based on standardized parameters will ensure areas still in-need are able to access these important funds.”
“The Commission must update the parameters used for data collection including standardizing signal strength measurements, increasing cell edge probability to at least 90 percent, adopt a cell loading factor of at least 50 percent, and updating additional clutter factors. Correcting the data collection map is a bipartisan focus of Members of Congress, and the time to act is now. I thank the FCC for its work on this important issue and look forward to our continued work to help close the digital divide.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers the entirety of the country. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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