FCC Finds MF-II Coverage Maps Not Sufficiently Reliable and Announces Updates for 5G Support
Washington, DC – December 4, 2019 – Today, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a report on its investigation of the data collection process of the mobile broadband data coverage maps alongside an announcement to launch a $9 billion 5G Fund for Rural America, replacing Mobility Fund Phase II (“MF II”). As CCA has long advocated, the report concludes that the parameters used for the data collection were insufficient to yield a reliable map. CCA supports ending the flawed MF II challenge process and looks forward to working with the Commission to provide resources to preserve and expand the latest mobile technologies in rural America, based on reliable coverage data.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “CCA has been at the forefront of the mapping issue from the very start, and I thank the FCC for its findings that the MF II initial eligible areas maps are fatally flawed and its focus on improving the maps. The fact of the matter is that many areas of the country remain without adequate, or at worst – without any – access to mobile broadband services, which is truly unacceptable. The maps overstated coverage because the parameters relied on by the FCC model overstate coverage. I welcome the recommendation to update data specifications, including signal strength, cell loading factors, cell edge probability, clutter factors, and fading statistics. Congress has been following this issue very closely, and the pending Broadband DATA Act versions in both the House and the Senate address updating these parameters. This issue has bipartisan, bicameral support, and CCA urges swift consideration to ensure the maps more adequately reflect consumers’ on the ground experiences.”
“Further, I welcome increasing the amount of funding available for mobile deployment in rural areas. It is critically important to get this program right, and I look forward to working with the Commission to structure an updated Universal Service Fund program that preserves and expands mobile service in the hardest to serve areas.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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