Monday, December 10, 2018

FCC Saya At Least One Carrier Is Guily Of Breaking Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction's mapping rules

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Oklahoma Verizon Coverage

The Federal Communications Commission says that at least one carrier is apparently guilty of significant rules violations in the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction's mapping rules and submitted incorrect coverage maps..
The FCC did not name any specific carrier in Chaiman's announcement but the investigation was apparently due to a complaint about Verizon filed in August by the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) according to ARS.
Verizon claimed to cover almost all of the Oklahoma Panhandle, an area of 14,778.47 square kilometers, but an engineering firm hired by PTCI (Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc.) "used publicly available information and the FCC-adopted 5Mbps downlink standard to produce a map that estimated that Verizon's coverage area should be approximately 6,806.49 square kilometers in the Oklahoma Panhandle—not even half of the LTE coverage area Verizon publicly claims to serve," the RWA wrote.

“My top priority is bridging the digital divide and ensuring that Americans have access to digital opportunity regardless of where they live, and the FCC’s Mobility Fund Phase II program can play a key role in extending high-speed Internet access to rural areas across America. In order to reach those areas, it’s critical that we know where access is and where it is not.  A preliminary review of speed test data submitted through the challenge process suggested significant violations of the Commission’s rules.  That’s why I’ve ordered an investigation into these matters.  We must ensure that the data is accurate before we can proceed.” said Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai.

Complete report (PDF)

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