RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

Last weekend, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) approved performance testing procedures for carriers receiving Connect America Fund.  This would apply carriers to deploy fixed broadband networks to unserved Americans living in rural areas, helping to ensure that rural Americans have access to the same high-quality networks as Americans in urban areas.

The Connect America Fund provides support for broadband and voice service in rural areas where service would not be available or affordable without such support. This approval by the FCC also ensures that carriers remain accountable to consumers, taxpayers, and the commission, while also delivering the network performance they have committed to provide.  The flexibility in these new testing procedures will enable carriers of all sizes and technical capabilities to meet testing requirements without unnecessary costs, while maintaining proper accountability.

One thought on “RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

  1. Pieter van Leeuwen (@pedro_deleon54) November 4, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I wonder how much of the higher quality licensed spectrum from 900 up to 2.5 isn’t in service in rural areas? I’m guessing (a) most of that has been licensed now for 20 to 30 years, and (b) almost none of it outside of the 900 band (original cellular) is being used to provide service to rural areas aside from some highway corridors. After 10 years of dormancy, that spectrum should be use it or lose it. And local municipalities in rural areas should get a free shot in the white space (state regs be damned).


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