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    RURAL WIRELESS CARRIERS FILE PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF FCC’S MOBILITY FUND PHASE II REPORT AND ORDER

    On behalf of the Rural Wireless Carriers, LLGS filed A PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION of the FCC’s Report and Order in the Mobility Fund Phase II rulemaking proceeding. RWC argued that (1) the FCC should reconsider its decision to use a 5 Mbps broadband speed as the benchmark for determining whether geographic areas are eligible for Phase II support, (2) the FCC should increase the inadequate Phase II budget for broadband deployment in rural America, (3) the FCC should take steps to eliminate numerous flaws in the collection and reporting of FCC Form 477 data that make the data unreliable for use in determining eligibility for Phase II support, (4) service by a carrier collocating facilities on a tower built with support must not be considered “unsubsidized competition,” and (5) the letter of credit requirement to secure performance is a wasteful and unnecessary burden on program participants.

     

    LLGS Contacts: DAVID LAFURIA and JOHN CIMKO