Photo: Andrew Harnik (AP) The Federal Communications Commission has announced a survey as to whether the carrier incorrectly reported information…
Photo: Andrew Harnik (AP)
The Federal Communications Commission has announced a survey as to whether the carrier incorrectly reported information about its coverage to the agency and therefore screwed over people. The FCC said on Friday that it would stop its $ 4.53 billion program aimed at providing high speed mobile broadband coverage in rural areas while the investigation is in progress.
The FCC Mobility Phase II program requested mobile phone providers to provide details of the extent of their broadband coverage to determine where these funds should go. The FCC said that a review of speed test data showed some serious red flags and its chairman Ajit Pai said the agency had to evaluate the accuracy of data before proceeding with the program.
“My top priority is to bridge the digital divide and ensure that Americans have access to digital capabilities, regardless of where they live, and the FCC Mobility Fund Phase II programs can play a key role in expanding high speed internet access to rural areas in America , says Pai in a statement. “To reach these areas, it is critical that we know where access is and where it is not.”
The FCC said it would be investigated whether “one or more major operators” submitted incorrect data. And while no specific carriers were mentioned in the agency’s announcement this week, Verizon was accused of lying to the FCC for its 4G LTE coverage in August by the Trade Wireless Association (RWA).
“Verizon should not be allowed to abuse the FCC challenge process by leaving in a shame card as a means of interfering with the ability of rural farmers to continue to receive universal service in rural areas, “wrote g broke in a letter to the FCC.
The group added: “If the Commission fails to enforce its cover card requirements against Verizon, it will undermine the challenge process, which will in turn harm farmers and the customers they earn, which depend of getting support in areas where unsubsidized transporters like Verizon do not earn. “
As Pai has now been honored for his” courage, “he can certainly count on handling this.
[FCC via Reuters]