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    U.S. CELLULAR CITES STRONG SUPPORT FOR INCREASED FCC EFFORTS TO PROMOTE MOBILE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IN RURAL AMERICA

    On behalf of United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular) LNGS filed REPLY COMMENTS in response to comments in the FCC’s proceeding pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, reviewing the status of advanced broadband network deployment. U.S. Cellular cited strong support in the record for including mobile broadband in the FCC’s Section 706 analysis and findings, and for an FCC finding that mobile broadband currently is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion, especially in rural areas. U.S. Cellular criticized contrary claims made by some commenters, demonstrating that these claims were based on faulty data and failed to account for the large gaps in mobile broadband deployment in rural areas. Citing significant support from other commenters, U.S. Cellular also renewed its advocacy for the FCC to exercise its Section 706 mandate by allocating additional universal service support to help bring mobile broadband to rural America.

     

    LNGS Contacts: DAVID LAFURIA, JOHN CIMKO