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    NARUC PANEL EXAMINES MOBILE BROADBAND IN RURAL AMERICA

    On July 24, 2016, David LaFuria participated in a panel discussion held at NARUC’s summer meeting titled, “Rural Wireless and Consumers on the Ground in the States: New Proposals and Issues.” In large part, the panel examined an ex parte presentation made to the FCC in February, comparing the National Broadband Map and other FCC data depicting mobile coverage and broadband data in rural areas with actual drive tests conducted by a third-party testing company. The panel also discussed U.S. Cellular’s proposal for a state broadband grant fund, that would streamline federal funding for mobile broadband and provide an incentive for states to create their own broadband funds. A copy of Mr. LaFuria’s presentation slides is here.

     

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