The FCC Should Affirm Prior Decision to Increase the MF II Speed Test Measurements Buffer Zone
Washington, DC – July 23, 2018 – Today, in a reply filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) reiterated its support for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s and Wireline Competition Bureau’s (collectively, the “Bureaus”) decision to adopt a 400-meter buffer for speed test measurements in the Mobility Fund II (“MF II”) challenge process.
“If closing the digital divide and bringing mobile coverage to every corner of the United States is the Commission’s goal, then at least a 400-meter buffer is the way to go,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Reducing the buffer will drastically distort the amount of unserved areas that are ineligible for MF II support and is likely to leave a great number of consumers behind.”
“The Bureaus’ prior decision to adopt a 400-meter buffer radius recognizes that a reduced size buffer increases burdens on parties to conduct a challenge, and we appreciate the Commission’s work on the buffer issue. Changing that threshold now would move the goal posts while challenges are being conducted. The Commission should deny Verizon’s Application for Review to ensure these mutual goals are met in an effort to bring mobile services to all corners of the United States.”
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 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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