United States Cellular Corporation filed comments in response to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s #Solutions2020 proceeding, urging the Commission to improve the quality of its FCC Form 477 data collection and to increase the budget for Mobility Fund Phase II. U.S. Cellular noted that the quality of data in the most recent FCC Form 477 submission varies widely and does not accurately depict where mobile broadband service is available in rural America.
Regarding the Mobility Fund budget, even using the most conservative of projections, the cost of providing mobile broadband to the remaining road miles in rural America that lack coverage is at least $22 billion. U.S. Cellular urged the Commission to analyze how long it intends to take to complete the task of providing high-quality mobile broadband service to rural areas, and adjust its annual budget accordingly. A copy of U.S. Cellular’s comments can be found here.
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