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    LNGS CLIENTS WIN CONNECT AMERICA FUND CHALLENGES

    In an order released today, the FCC found in favor of LNGS clients Bluegrass Cellular and Viaero Wireless who had challenged the funding request of wireline companies seeking to build wireline broadband in certain areas of the country.  In proposing to provide universal service support to price-cap carriers in various rural areas, the FCC permitted challenges if a carrier could demonstrate that broadband is already being provided in the area proposed to be funded.  Both Bluegrass Cellular and Viaero Wireless challenged preliminary funding decisions on the basis that they currently offer fixed wireless broadband offerings in areas the FCC proposed to fund.  LNGS prepared the challenges, providing both legal analysis and arguments, as well as engineering support.  The FCC granted the challenges, in their entirety.  The FCC decision establishes an important FCC precedent that broadband service provided over a mobile wireless network can be a legitimate substitute for wireline broadband service.

     

    LNGS Contacts: David Nace, David LaFuria, Todd Lantor and Marc Paul