On behalf of Smith Bagley, Inc., LLGS filed comments with the FCC explaining that remote Tribal lands require special treatment and additional solutions beyond a standard reverse auction to accelerate much needed telecommunications infrastructure investment.
The comments further propose that ETCs should have the opportunity to opt into a plan specifically for Remote Tribal Areas if they serve an area that does not conform to the metrics used for other parts of the United States. Alternatively, companies serving Tribal lands that experience additional service hardship should be given the opportunity to submit a plan to the Commission requesting the necessary support to maintain and improve service in these areas.
Finally, the comments detail additional concerns, including interim 5G deployment requirements for remote Tribal lands and mobile broadband coverage maps.
A copy of Smith Bagley, Inc.’s comments can be found here.
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