On behalf of Smith Bagley, Inc., LLGS filed reply comments with the FCC regarding the adjustment factor for high-cost Tribal lands in the 5G Fund Phase I auction. Specifically, SBI stated that the adjustment factor mechanism would fall short in meeting its commitment to bring advanced broadband to remote Tribal areas. Further, the most likely scenario under the proposed framework would be the allocation of funds to lower-cost Tribal areas, but not to higher-cost Tribal areas.
SBI recommends a more direct approach to solving the broadband gap on remote Tribal lands, reiterating its idea for a Remote Tribal Lands Plan, which uses as a model the Commission’s established Alaska Plan and its Lifeline Tier 4 support mechanism.
A copy of Smith Bagley, Inc.’s reply comments can be found here.
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