On February 4, 2016, the Senate’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet held a hearing focused on the need to improve mobile broadband in rural America. A link to the Senate’s hearing page is here. Among other things, witnesses focused on the importance of mobility to rural economic development, agriculture, public safety, and health care. Appearing on behalf of United States Cellular Corporation was their Chairman, Ted Carlson. Mr. Carlson focused much of his testimony on the extraordinary demand for high-quality mobile broadband services in the coming years, how areas without coverage are affected, and the fact that coverage levels and mobile broadband availability in rural America are not nearly as robust as the FCC’s mapping data shows. A copy of Mr. Carlson’s written statement, containing a wealth of data on mobile broadband, is here.
LNGS Contact: David LaFuria