FCC to allocate $9 billion to subsidize 5G deployment in rural America

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(TLB) Editors: The Federal Communications Commission has come up with a way to spend $9 Billion of our tax dollars on one of the most controversial changes in mobile technology in years.

In the following article no mention is made of the many issues surrounding the roll-out of 5G such as: danger to our health and the ecosystem just for starters. You will also not find discussed the fact that initial 5G development was done by The Military Industrial Complex with an eye to weaponize it on the ground, in the air and in space by satellite. (All which has occurred and is operational.)

There is a Hugh backlash occurring on a global scale to 5G. Countries, States, Counties and Cities are blocking 5G by whatever legal means available. Activists are attending whatever Government public meetings and forums they can find to express their concerns and opposition to 5G.

5G Bottom Line

5G is one of the biggest “control” systems of People and Technology since Alexander Graham Bell said those First intelligible words spoken over the telephone: Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you.

Bell also said: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

It would appear the Tel-Com Corporations and Government entities took little stock in Bell’s last statement as it applies to Humanity… but full stock when it applies to “the Company Store.”  (TLB)

FCC to launch $9B 5G Fund to bolster rural coverage

Margaret Harding McGill

The Federal Communications Commission intends to launch a new $9 billion 5G Fund to spur deployment of wireless service in hard-to-serve rural areas, scrapping an existing program meant to spur 4G LTE service.

Why it matters: Each new wave of wireless technology has rolled out quickly in urban centers but faced technical and financial hurdles in reaching rural customers. The FCC struggled to get the previous $4.53 billion 4G program off the ground over the last two years amid widespread criticism that coverage data submitted by the carriers did not accurately reflect where there already is 4G service.

Driving the news: A commission staff report released Wednesday found that data submitted by Verizon, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile for the original funding program, Mobility Fund Phase II, did not reflect on-the-ground experiences measured by speed tests.

  • Staffers drove nearly 10,000 miles to conduct speed tests of carrier networks, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said. The staff report said only 62 percent of the drive tests showed the expected minimum download speeds.
  • “Mobile carriers must submit accurate broadband coverage data to the commission,” Pai said in a statement. “Simply put, we need to make sure that federal funding goes to areas that need it the most.”
  • FCC staff recommended in a report that the commission audit the coverage filings of carriers in other proceedings and take other steps to ensure coverage data is accurate.
  • But the FCC will not move to penalize the carriers because the staff investigation did not find a sufficiently clear rule violation that would warrant action, a senior FCC official told reporters on a call.

What they’re saying: U.S. Cellular said it had warned that the FCC’s directions for the coverage maps would result in overstated coverage, and said the staff report comes as “no surprise.”

  • The company “faithfully implemented” the FCC’s requirements for the coverage maps it submitted but recognizes “better and more accurate maps are necessary,” said Grant Spellmeyer, vice president of federal affairs and public policy for the carrier.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai  (Pictured)

What’s next: Pai’s new proposal would have the FCC allocate $9 billion from the Universal Service Fund over 10 years through a reverse auction to subsidize 5G deployment in rural America.

  • The fund would also set aside at least $1 billion for precision agriculture deployments.
  • Pai intends to circulate his proposal to his colleagues early next year, and he will seek comment on where to target the funding and what speed metrics should be used.
  • “We must ensure that 5G narrows rather than widens the digital divide and that rural Americans receive the benefits that come from wireless innovation,” Pai said in the statement.


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