On behalf of United States Cellular Corporation, LLGS filed reply comments with the FCC arguing that it should reduce its proposed overall 90-point weight spread among bidders in the auction for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support, in order to make the auction more competitive and ensure its competitive neutrality.
U.S. Cellular argued that the overall weight spread should be reduced by narrowing the spread among the three proposed performance tiers bidding in the auction—the Baseline tier (25/3 Mbps speeds), the Above Baseline tier (100/20 Mbps speeds), and the Gigabit tier (1 Gbps/500 Mbps speeds). Narrowing the weight spread among these tiers will make the Baseline tier more competitive, helping to ensure that many rural consumers currently with no access to broadband, or with access only to broadband at speeds below 10/1 Mbps, will gain access to 25/3 Mbps broadband services deployed with RDOF funding.
U.S. Cellular also stated that the record in the rulemaking provides strong support for its argument that the FCC should delay the RDOF auction to avoid having to rely on inaccurate and unreliable FCC Form 477 broadband coverage data to identify geographic areas eligible for support. U.S. Cellular explained that delaying the auction will enable the FCC to rely on much more accurate coverage data compiled by the FCC’s recently adopted Digital Opportunity Data Collection.
A copy of U.S. Cellular’s reply comments can be found HERE.
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